- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Oxford English Dictionary is considering adding “Mx” to join honorifics such as Mr, Mrs and Ms to be used for individuals who identify as gender-neutral or transgender, according to the Sunday Times.

Oxford assistant editor Jonathan Dent told the paper that the proposal demonstrates how the English language is evolving to accommodate an ever–changing society.

“This is an example of how the English language adapts to people’s needs, with people using language in ways that suit them rather than letting language dictate identity to them,” he said.

“The early proponents of the term seem to have had gender politics as their central concern [and] saw the title as one which could sidestep the perceived sexism of the traditional ‘Mr’, ‘Mrs’ and ‘Miss,’” Mr. Dent said.

Honorifics are not followed by a period in British usage.

The Sunday Times reported that Mx, pronounced ‘mix,’ initially appeared in the U.S. magazine Single Parent in 1977.

In Britain, the title has been quietly added to official forms and databases, and it’s already accepted by government departments, Royal Mail and on driver’s licenses, the Sunday Times reported.

In March, the official Swedish language dictionary included the gender-neutral pronoun “hen” that is used for he and “hon” that is used for she.

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