From the BBC Newspeak dictionary committee: End “he” and “she”

From BBC:

Beyond ‘he’ and ‘she’: The rise of non-binary pronouns

Sharing one’s pronouns and asking for others’ pronouns when making introductions is a growing trend in US colleges.

For example, when new students attended orientation sessions at American University in Washington DC a few months ago, they were asked to introduce themselves with their name, hometown, and preferred gender pronoun (sometimes abbreviated to PGP). Bl21″We ask everyone at orientation to state their pronouns,” says Sara Bendoraitis, of the university’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, “so that we are learning more about each other rather than assuming.”

More.

Reality check: The question isn’t whether they can change the language; it is whether they can throw a widget into everyday normal communications. That is a key progressive goal, sometimes marketed as “fighting hate.”

See also: The ultimate logic of “safe spaces”

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Newspeak, a stub dictionary

  • CodexCoder

    I have said this before: For as long as those with alternate pronouns agree to have that pronoun applied by tattoo to their foreheads so that A. I don’t offend by guessing, and B: they are willing to live with their choice permanently, I have no problem calling them whatever they want (and I promise that I won’t snicker or laugh). Silliness should be its own reward.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Great approach! I second that. 😉

  • FactsWillOut

    When asked what my pronoun will be, I would answer “Genghis Kahn, leader of warriors, slayer of the weak and ravisher of women”.
    If they can make it up as they go along, so can I.

    • Clink9

      I get so pissed when people wont call me Napoleon.

      • FactsWillOut

        Now that’s triggering!

        • Clink9

          I know I’m 6 feet tall and can’t speak French, but WTF?

          • FactsWillOut

            Being Napoleon is a state of mind.

          • Justin St.Denis

            So is New York. Why be Napoleon when you could be a whole urban centre?

          • FactsWillOut

            Ahhh Billy.
            You may be right….

          • Justin St.Denis

            I’m 6’3″ tall and speak English, French and Russian. I like to think of myself as boyish and cute, but my wife tells me I just scare most people shitless. 😉

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I’m only five foot ten and average height.
            I know a few people who think you should give five inches to people who aren’t.

          • Justin St.Denis

            You are correct on that point. The world is home to a LOT of batshit crazy people.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Why am I awake at this hour?
            I picked up a week of standby and can’t get over the trigger of the cell phone beside my ear.

          • Brian Jones

            Just tell them you’re trans-short and trans-French.

            The magic word is no longer “please,” it’s “trans.”

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Brian Jones was the best Rolling Stone.

      • Justin St.Denis

        I sympathize. is it really too much to ask of people to simply refer to me as “Lord”. Four little letters……

      • Surele Surele

        Who told you you were Napoleon?
        God!

    • Justin St.Denis

      I would have responded simply that my pronoun is “Your Lordship” or whatever might indicate my clear superiority over the craven trash around me. 😉

      • FactsWillOut

        I was considering that, but went for maximum “offend the snowflake” value.

        • Justin St.Denis

          And you just might have succeeded.

          • FactsWillOut

            I have much respect for Temuchin. His success was based upon introducing rule of law and lowering taxes within the horde.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Snowflakes are white.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I also choose Zaphod Beeblebrocks.

        • FactsWillOut

          …or Bigus Dickus.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            You are not allowed to be Bigus Dickus unless you have a speech impediment.

          • FactsWillOut

            How about Dent Arthur Dent?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Only if you have Ginnentonix.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I choose Tesla.

  • tom_billesley

    Shouldn’t the BBC be using “comrade” in any case?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Excellent and very salient point!

  • ontario john

    And the CBC is excited today that Manitoba has its first trans gender judge. Law students from a Christian university can’t be lawyers, but perverts can be judges. Funny old world isn’t it.

  • Surele Surele

    Boobs: check. Vagina: check. Stretch marks from giving multiple births: check. That’s right folks: me – female, her, she, that’s me. As my husband and sons are not.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      All of those things that you mentioned are the same reasons that I could never cheat on my wife.

      • Surele Surele

        SHE must be a fantastic FEMALE.

        • Minicapt

          … and a rolling-pin? Dead-Eye Doris …

          Cheers