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A gender neutral word to replace Mr & Mrs?

The new word has just joined Mr, Mrs, Ms and Miss in the dictionary.

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A new gender neutral term has joined Mr, Mrs, Ms and Miss in the dictionary, for those who don’t wish to be identified by their gender.

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The term, Mx (pronounced Mix), was added by Dictionary.com this week, and there are talks of the Oxford English Dictionary adding it to its pages.

Jane Solomon, of Dictionary.com, wrote on their blog, “The need for a gender-neutral prefix seems to be very, very top of mind for people.

“We’re starting to see a real cultural shift in which people are talking more openly about gender. You have ongoing conversation about gender in the public eye.”

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While the word Mx isn’t new, it’s the first time there have been talks to make it official.

The honorific has existed since the late 1970s, and in 2013, Brighton and Hove City Council allowed its use on council forms. 

The title is now more widely accepted, with the Department for Work and Pensions, the NHS, HM Revenue and Customs and several councils accepting it. 

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A true sign of progress if we ever saw one!