In what could be an exciting linguistic turn for trans and gender-nonconforming folks, the Oxford English Dictionary is considering adding the gender-neutral honorific Mx. to future editions.
Pronounced “mix” or “mux,” the term has been gaining mainstream traction in the U.K. in the last several years. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, government departments, the postal service, and some universities and banks all accept the term on official forms.
Said OED assistant editor Jonathan Dent, “This an example of how the English language adapts to people’s needs, with people using language in ways that suit them rather than letting language dictate identity to them.”
Mx. is used less frequently in the U.S., but given that we may have reached what TIME magazine called a “transgender tipping point,” the stateside use of the term could be on the horizon.