Archive for Gender

auncle, ommer, ontle: gender-neutral aunt/uncle term?

I was idly wondering a few days ago whether there’s a non-gendered term for an aunt or uncle. Such a term might be useful (for example) for referring collectively to a group of aunts and uncles, or for referring to a specific aunt-or-uncle of unknown gender, or for referring to a nonbinary-gendered aunt or uncle. […]

Mx

The other day, Mary Anne linked to an article that claimed that the new gender-neutral title “Mx” was being officially added to the OED. I'm not linking to that article...

Ship gender

It's traditional in English to refer to ships using female pronouns. I've known that all my life, but I think this is the first time I've consciously noticed a case...

doctor

Before I start in on today's entry, I have a little snippet of story for you to read: I walked down the hospital corridor away from my room. One of...