On Thursday, The Oxford English Dictionary officially announced that the title “Mx.,” a gender-neutral prefix intended for people who don’t identify as Mr., Ms., Mrs., or Miss, has been added into the lexicon. Their definition reads as follows:
“Mx (noun): a title used before a person’s surname or full name by those who wish to avoid specifying their gender or by those who prefer not to identify themselves as male or female.”
The inclusion of “Mx.” falls on the heels of Sweden’s decision earlier this year to add their gender-neutral pronoun “hen” to its dictionary. (“Han” is the equivalent of “he,” and “henne” is the equivalent of “she.”)
The word “cisgender” was recently added to the Oxford English dictionary, too.
Get the Daily Brief
The news you care about, reported on by the people who care about you:
In a recent Facebook post, performance artist Justin Vivian Bond also noted that “Scrabble Queens” should be pleased with the addition — “Mx” is a very high scoring two-letter word.