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Gender pronouns that are neither male nor female are quietly catching on

In Britain, 20-year-old Maria Munir made headlines when they came out as non-binary, a gender identity that is neither male nor female, to US president Barack Obama in front of a packed hall in April.  434 more words

Lexical Trends of the Year

The members of  the 127-year-old American Dialect Society anointed “they,” the singular, gender-neutral pronoun, the 2015 Word of the Year. As in: “They and I went to the store,” where they is used for a person who does not identify as male or female, or they is a filler pronoun in a situation where a person’s gender identity is unknown. 133 more words

Narrative Starkness and Word of the Year

For reasons explained in the post excerpted below, Kurt Brindley advocates “narrative starkness” that omits extraneous details about the characters in his fiction. Unless a character’s appearance (or gender or sexual orientation or …) matters to the plot, readers can imagine whatever they like. 777 more words


Gender and Genre: Female Sci-Fi Authors are NOT an Alien Species

Okay. Rant time.

Remember when Blue Karma won some indie publishing awards late last year? One of the granting organizations just published interviews with the winning authors. 739 more words

Science Fiction

Resolving to Run

Gelukkige nuwe jaar! / 新年快樂! / Bonne année! / Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος! / annum faustum / 새해 복 많이 받으세요! / ສະ​ບາຍ​ດີ​ປີ​ໃຫມ່ / Поздравляю с Новым Годом! 1,375 more words


Words of the Year 2015

In its annual vote, the American Dialect Society has chosen its Words of the Year:

  • Most Useful was “they”, an animate singular gender–neutral pronoun.
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He or She = They

“They,” the gender-neutral pronoun, has been named the “Word of the Year” by the American Dialect Society .

In a January post on their website, 133 more words