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Oxford English Dictionary Adds Gender Neutral Terms

In a bid to help people better discuss sensitive topics, the Oxford English Dictionary has introduced gender-neutral words.

According to editors, the latest additions were an ‘attempt to grapple’ with the sensitive topic.

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These include ‘hir’ and zir’ as alternative pronouns to him, his or her, ‘peoplekind’ rather than mankind, and ‘Latin@’ as a gender-neutral term for someone of either sex from Latin America.

Meanwhile, the verb ‘misgender’ could apply to anyone who unwittingly or intentionally uses a pronoun that is not preferred by the person.

Also among the 650 updates were less politically-correct dog cross-breed terms, including puggle (a cross between a pug and a beagle) and a dorgi (a dachshund/corgi mix).

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