The gender-neutral Mx is one of 1000 “words” to be added to the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.

It’s been defined as 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.

Mx has been in use since the 1970s and has been used by some on official documents but has recently grown in popularity as awareness around transgender and non-binary identities continues to grow.

Another new entry is manspreading, a term coined by frequenters of public transport, referring to men who “splay their legs wide apart, encroaching on neighbouring seats”.

New words, senses and phrases are added to once editors have gathered enough independent evidence from a range of sources to be confident that they have widespread currency in English.

Here’s more of a sampling from the list:

butt dial, v.: calling someone accidentally with your mobile phone in a rear pocket.

cat cafe, n.: a cafe or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises.

fatberg, n.: very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets.

It’s all a lot of bants (read banter) really and probably NBD (read no big deal), simply a reflection of popular usage of the language in today’s society.

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Nerelle Harper

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