Oxford English Dictionary Could Recognise Gender Neutral Title ‘Mx’

Oxford English Dictionary Could Recognise Gender Neutral Title ‘Mx’

127430-050-4FA643E7The Oxford English Dictionary is considering adding the gender-neutral title ‘Mx’ for the first time.

The title Mx is a gender-neutral alternative to Mr and Ms, which has grown in use and seen an increasing pick-up, with a number of councils and banks now offering it. It is one of a number of gender neutral honorifics, such as Dr. and Rev. – but is intended for general use instead of specific to a profession.

The upswing in usage for the honorific might see it included in the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.

The dictionary’s assistant editor Jonathan Dent told the Sunday Times: “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.”

“When you look at the usual drop-down options for titles, they tend to be quite formal and embrace traditional status such as the relationship between a man and wife, such as Mr and Mrs, or a profession such as Dr or even Lord. This is something new.”

Despite becoming increasingly popular in recent years as a way to refer to intersex and non-binary people, the title was coined in the 1970s as a reaction to existing ‘discriminatory’ titles.

Earlier this year, the Law Society of Scotland made changes to allow solicitors to register without forcing them to specify a gender.

RBS – one of the five major retail banks in the UK – is also considering adding Mx to its recognised titles. The bank could also stop asking customers for their mother’s maiden name – because a lot of people have two dads.

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  1. Philip
    May 08, 04:46 Reply

    Mx Pinter Panther. It sounds sci-fi action

  2. Peak
    May 08, 05:09 Reply

    This is gonna throw a lot of ppl off. U are expecting someone and u see Mx on the document, and u don’t know what to expect. There is something about it that just holds an element of surprise. I like the sound of it as well, but its not designed for me.

    • Deola
      May 08, 05:37 Reply

      Are you sure?, cause Mx Peak sounds delightful.
      ***stirs lime into green tea***

      • Chris
        May 08, 06:07 Reply

        @Deola, are you on a strict diet? lime into green tea?
        what’s the taste like? i’ve two bags of Twinings green tea
        in a cup and am sipping it with ugly look on my face, hian

      • Peak
        May 08, 06:11 Reply

        No mind deola. Mx Peak sounds creepy!! But Mx Deola has an element of surprise cos u don’t know if u are getting deola the guy or deola the babe ( yeah we know the whole essence is not to fall under either of the old grouping but lets face it, at the end of the day it will always form the basis of everything)

        Deola all that lime u ve been pouring into ur tea of late, I hear it affects the quality of ur POUR, continue.

      • zinnat
        May 08, 06:27 Reply

        Mx Deola mixing lime with tea? #MixologyRhyme

      • Chris
        May 08, 06:28 Reply

        @Peak, MxPeak will definately sound creepy as i read on here yesterday about your well
        defined tone body with muscles(both upper&lower) and now somebody wants to upgrade
        you to Mx, mba, me no like.

      • Deola
        May 08, 08:08 Reply

        @Chris, i have gotten over the taste, used to have the same look on my face when drinking it but now I add some honey and lime for some zing. Other times its ginger. Anything to keep it interesting.
        @Peak i know where to handle your matter.
        Hi, Zinnat! 🙂

  3. Gad
    May 08, 05:52 Reply

    I don’t get the Mx thing. Is it for genderless people or what? Thank God an exam won’t be set on this today,if not na F9 I go get

    • Chris
      May 08, 06:12 Reply

      I will like to believe the Mx title is applicable to transexuals/transgendered people.

      • chestnut
        May 08, 06:31 Reply

        Oxford dictionary just wants to try it with the LGBT community, because to the best of my knowledge, transgender ppl regard themselves as full women(or men,as the case may be), and expect everyone to address them as such. I think it would seem offensive to a transgender woman if u told her “ok, I won’t address u as ‘Miss’, cos u’re not really a woman,even though u claim to be. I’ll just address u as ‘Mx’ cos u’re neither here no there”. It’s just like telling Laverne Cox that she’s not a woman, nor a man either,but some creature inbetween.u would see how the “politically correct” world would set the internet ablaze for that one,lol.
        Oxford dictionary,I get that ur intentions are pure(hopefully) and u want to join the “politically correct” and “completely open-minded” crowd,(errbody wants to use the LGBT community to shine and score brownie-points these days; nobody wan carry last for the matter) but this might back-fire on u,when it comes to actual usage.

      • Chris
        May 08, 06:50 Reply

        @Chestnut, i like this your style of response, solid points mix with banters, just the way i like it, still,
        i got the message. The word Mx sounds distrurbing self, Mx, like diluted, not complete, confused?
        That is how they started with the word Straight and gay ie bent and the lgbti community innocently
        accepted it. This politically correct thing can be good without trying to patronise people

  4. chestnut
    May 08, 06:11 Reply

    Who’s the title for though? Transgender individuals who haven’t undergone the sex-change surgery yet? Is it for men who identify as men? Or women who identify as women? Or people who identify as the gender alternate to that which they were born with?

    • Chris
      May 08, 06:21 Reply

      @Chestnut, permit me to bother you or other readers of this blog including the admnistrator
      with a question on my mind (and some people/friends). How comfortable would you be sharing
      public urinals with transgendered/transexual folks?

      • chestnut
        May 08, 06:37 Reply

        Very, very comfortable. As in, I use male urinals, right? And any Female-to-male transgender who wants to pee while I’m peeing,is definitely not out to ogle my goodies because he has no interest in my privates (at least not in a sexual way; maybe for research purposes,lol). It’d be like sharing a bathroom with a straight guy…no biggie,no pressure.

      • Chris
        May 08, 06:42 Reply

        @Chestnut, thanks for your response, opinions of
        other readers are welcome.

      • keredim69
        May 08, 09:08 Reply

        If you are comfortable with your sexuality it wouldn’t matter who is in the public urinal with you.

      • Chris
        May 08, 09:22 Reply

        I know i will not be comfortable sharing the public loo with the opposite sex.
        It is just about okay sharing it with strange males without referring to perverts.
        For me, it isn’t about being secured with my sexuality. It is just the way it is.

      • Khaleesi
        May 08, 11:42 Reply

        @Chris,I have absolutely no qualms sharing the urinal with a transgendered man, after all; he is to all intents and purposes now a man abi? I’d also like to inform you that in gay clubs in the west, its very common for anyone to use whichever toilet (male or female), they feel most comfortable with, If as a man you walk into a female convenience in a gay club, it wont really raise eyebrows as much as it would in more heterosexual settings …

      • Chris
        May 08, 13:54 Reply

        @Khaleesi, thanks for the straight up response. Come to think of it, the few times i have ‘strayed’
        in some gay clubs in the West, have never paid attention, perhaps due to nervousness and not wanting
        to hang around too long in the loo to see who is who.
        If gay dudes are are allow to use female public urinals in gay club, i might as well start hinting my straight
        male friends to be checking out the babes in the female loo while pretending to be urinating afterall the
        females there no go kuku raise eyebrow. Free peep show season one hereby commences….

  5. Sinnex
    May 08, 06:30 Reply

    Na wa oooo…

    Good for the advocates sha

  6. zinnat
    May 08, 06:30 Reply

    Oxford Dico stylishly throwing shades at Mx Bruce Jenner? Dariss Goduooooo.

      • zinnat
        May 08, 07:14 Reply

        @PP, “CUM” again? I dunno wat u r talking abt oooo. Lool.

      • Brian Collins
        May 08, 09:05 Reply

        hahahahahahah. I also think this might have being coined specifically for Bruce Jenner.

  7. Jamie
    May 08, 06:34 Reply

    Funny comments…LOL
    Peak, surely, you’d really never know what to expect till it comes…

  8. KryxxX
    May 08, 06:56 Reply

    Omata guy 1: Nwanna, have u heard what Oxford dick is planning to do?

    Omata guy 2: Biko tell me! What is it?

    Omata guy 1: They want to add “Mx” into their dictionary. Inukwa?!

    Omata guy 2: A nurokwa m biko! What am I to nukwa when I don’t know what am nukwaring?! Is it d new 666?

    Omata guy 1: mbanu! It is title for ppl who r neither men nor women!! No more maazi for men nd d women alternative.

    Omata guy 2: Eleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh! How can somebody not b a man nor woman?! Espeakelekwe!

    Omata guy 1: R in this world! Tinz r happening oh! Oyibo bu uchu!

    Omata guy 2: Mx kwa? More like #Mistake or #Mixture or #Miss road! Oh chi m oh! Chukwu abiama come nd take ur children oh! Smh!

    My foolishness/mumu no get part two!

    • Mitch
      May 08, 07:11 Reply

      KryxxX, you wee nor kee me oh!

      • chestnut
        May 08, 07:51 Reply

        Buahahahaha…kryxx, u’re just a silly rabbit! Lmao@ “how can somebody not be a man nor a woman, espeakelekwe…Chukwu abiama, com and take ur children o!”…LWKMD

    • Khaleesi
      May 08, 11:44 Reply

      @KryXXx, i dunno sha, but whenever i read “Espeakelekwe” i collapse into uncontrollable laughter, you’re such a damn funny clown!!

  9. pinkpanthertb
    May 08, 07:00 Reply

    The Ghost Mufasa is here. While you’re figuring it out, hope there won’t be any hauntings

  10. Mitch
    May 08, 07:08 Reply

    Is this title supposed to refer to sexless people, transgenders or hermaphrodites? Honestly, I don’t believe this move was made in favour of the LGBT community. To me, this just says “You guys are creepy as hell and have no place in traditional society. However, for the sake of political correctness, let us assign you a title that doesn’t fall in the confines of traditional society so everyone who comes in contact with you can realize they are with an oddity”.

    This is how I see this issue!

  11. Ruby
    May 08, 07:20 Reply

    Mx… The beginning of suprises

  12. Absalom
    May 08, 07:35 Reply

    Chestie, *waves* you’re getting it all wrong (lol).

    The Mx title is not Oxford’s doing; it’s been in use for years, Oxford is only now moving to RECOGNISE it as a word in the English language. Na we give them the word, no be them give us.

    Also, the title is used mainly by gender-NEUTRAL persons. People who are gender-queer, agender, pangender, genderless, genderfluid, gender-free, and all the other gender gbogbotigbo that’s outside of masc & fem identities.

    Yours in Christ,

    Mx Absie. 🙂

      • Chris
        May 08, 09:06 Reply

        @chestnut, angels do not ve gender, not yet anyway

    • chestnut
      May 08, 07:46 Reply

      Lol…Absie,why do I feel as if u’re trying to do me “d more u look,d less u see” with big big grammar?

      • chestnut
        May 08, 07:58 Reply

        Wait, so there are “genderless” people, who aren’t congenitally hermaphrodites? *sigh*. One of the things abt being gay is that u’re un-officially obliged to accept EVERY idiosyncrasy around u,no matter how baffling it seems,cos u urself are crying out for acceptance *sigh* its not always easy o. So, a full-fledged man walks into ur office and tells u he’s NOT a man and NOT a woman? I would be so confused.Then what are u,an angel? Even angels have gender. I swear this world can make someone to run mad one day.

        • Gad
          May 08, 19:29 Reply

          Exactly my sentiments

      • Chris
        May 08, 09:26 Reply

        @chestnut, angels do not have gender, not yet anyway.

    • TamilTiger
      May 08, 09:52 Reply

      I’m following the map that leads to you! It’s shocking that some people on KD can’t bother to open books and get enlightened. How can they not know these things? We aren’t all cisnormative.

      • Chris
        May 08, 10:42 Reply

        Transexual, transgendered, , cisgendered, we are all children of God, innit?

  13. Max
    May 08, 07:41 Reply

    Warayu talking about @Pinky?
    **blows hot coffee and takes a sip*

    • pinkpanthertb
      May 08, 07:42 Reply

      Don’t even try acting like breeze has not blown your skinny nyash open

  14. chestnut
    May 08, 07:42 Reply

    But Max, u already have a gender nau (“Mr.”). Should there be any reason why u think “Mx” is more appropriate than “Mr” in describing u,based on the gender u identify as?(And pls don’t tell me u hate labels,and therefore don’t identify as any of the genders…)

    • Max
      May 08, 07:59 Reply

      @Chestnut, aren’t I allowed to choose the way I wanna be identified?
      Its just like saying Blue is a gender appropriate color for men and pink for women, and so boys should never wear pink.

      • Gad
        May 08, 19:38 Reply

        If you desperately want something new or something a few people have, why not consider owelle Max, Ogbuefi /Ogbuewu Max, Olorogun Max, Ogbeni Max. Few people use the above. If it has to be foreign why not stick with Max Esq.it’s also not common.

  15. Max
    May 08, 07:56 Reply

    @Pinky, **adjusts my halo and looks away**

  16. Teflondon
    May 08, 07:58 Reply

    Mx Teflondon??
    I’ll pass…
    I’m good with my ‘Mr’
    I don’t want that changing cause of the persons I chose to fuck.

    For all the Mx’s in the house.. If it makes you happy, Good luck. Mx Max and Mx Absie etc whatever rocks yall boats.

    • Gad
      May 08, 19:33 Reply

      Abi oo. The thing has refused to make sense to me. If someone meets me on the road and tells me he is neither man nor woman, I will start thinking that I have met a demon.

  17. Khaleesi
    May 08, 11:37 Reply

    i dont claim to truly understand the world of transgender of CisGendered persons, but i always adopt a policy of “whatever makes you happy, so long as it doesnt harm me, knock yourself out” … I think its a sign of a society thats moving with the times. Gender identity is a fast evolving area and the guys @ Oxford Dictionary in recognition of this fact are evolving alongside. Its commendable especially when you remember that in this part of the world, such moves would be met with chants of “end – times, abomination etc” … i noticed a few years ago that a lot of foreign websites have incorporated in their dropdown menus, the option of “prefer not to say” or “unspecified” in the gender column … this is most likely in recognition of the “other sexes” or “intersex individuals” … I sha wonder how the Mx would be pronounced “Mex” or “EmEx” … help somebody …

  18. Oluwadamilare Okoro
    May 08, 16:57 Reply

    When i think about the “Why?” … i just assume/conclude that they have decided to include an element of surprise to titles. Shikena.

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