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Encyclopedia > Xe (pronoun)
Xe gender-neutral pronouns
male female neuter neutral
subject pronoun he she it xe
predicate pronoun him her it xem
possessive pronoun his hers its xyr
reflexive pronoun himself herself itself xemself

Xe, xyr, and xem are gender-neutral pronouns designed to supplement the existing pronouns in the English language. These terms can be applied to people and animals regardless of sex. They do not imply anything about the sex of what is referred to. Gender-neutral or epicene pronouns are pronouns that neither reveal nor imply the gender or the sex of a person or thing being referred to. ... Gender-neutral or epicene pronouns are pronouns that neither reveal nor imply the gender or the sex of a person or thing being referred to. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Look up Sex in Wiktionary, the free dictionary The members of many species of living things are divided into two categories called sexes (or loosely speaking, genders). ...


Advantages of xe, xyr, xem

Xe rhymes with both he and she, xyr rhymes with her, and xem rhymes with him. There is one pronoun that rhymes with the female and one that rhymes with the male which makes it more neutral. The subject pronoun, which is probably the "main pronoun" rhymes with both.


Disadvantages

The letters x and y are both subject to multiple pronunciations, not only within English but in other languages that use Roman letters. It is not at all clear to a first-time reader what these pronouns are supposed to sound like.


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FGA: "xe", "xem", and "xyr" are sex-neutral pronouns and adjectives (904 words)
FGA: "xe", "xem", and "xyr" are sex-neutral pronouns and adjectives
"xe", "xem", and "xyr" are sex-neutral pronouns and adjectives
They are are sex-neutral third-person singular pronouns, that unlike the other third-person pronouns (but like the first-person and second-person pronouns) imply nothing about the sex of their antecedents.
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