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Why is “folks” commonly used as a gender-neutral term for “people” when “people” is already gender-neutral?

Lately, I've been noticing a lot of people using folks (sometimes spelled folx) instead of people. This seems especially prevalent among left-leaning sources that pride themselves on inclusion. Some ...
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“They is” or “They are” [duplicate]

As a non-native speaker I try to get myself to accept they as gender-neutral third person singular as this is new to me. To achieve this I would like to have a better understanding on the usage and ...
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What would be a gender neutral form of address as a highschool teacher? (British English)

In the UK, it's very common for secondary school teachers to be referred to as one of the following: Sir/Miss Miss/Mrs/Mr Surname This would be both when the students are talking about the teacher, ...
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Do all “epicene” pronouns mean the same thing as one another?

There have been many pro­posed epicene or gen­der-neu­tral pronouns that have been pro­posed over the years and have re­ceived some level of use. My ques­tion is: do all of them mean the same thing? ...
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What is a gender neutral equivalent for the following phrase?

Sometimes I see the phrase I'm not going to get my panties in a bunch [if such-and-so...] which is an idiom for I'm not going to get upset [if such-and-so...] There are variants involving ...
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Gender-neutral equivalent of “to a man”

Is there a Gender-neutral equivalent of "to a man"? I mean the expression "to a man" in the sense of "each and every one". For example: The skydivers, to a man, felt they had taken all ...
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Looking for a certain gender-neutral word [duplicate]

This is going to be a bit tricky to ask correctly, so sorry for making you read long, carefully crafted sentences! Sorry if it seem like excess (and it kinda is, but better safe than sorry, as I don't ...
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Concord with gender-neutral “they” [duplicate]

I was wondering what the general take is on concord with they as a gender-neutral 3rd person singular pronoun. I assume there are no hard and fast rules here yet, seeing that this is a fairly new ...
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Gender-neutral “Jane Doe” / “John Doe”

Is there a gender-neutral alternative to "Jane Doe" / "John Doe"? I would like to provide an example of signed form, but how to avoid using gender when it comes to names? Is there some widely-used ...
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What are the female and gender-neutral equivalents of ‘henpecked husband’

Inspired by this question, what are are the feminine and gender-neutral equivalents of a ‘henpecked husband’? Would it be correct to say ‘cockpecked wife’ (even though that sounds dreadful) and ‘...
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Gender Neutral Salutation /Honorific

In the context of addressing an unknown individual in an email/letter, how does one include persons belonging to the broad gender spectrum? For instance, in binary terms Dear Mam/Sir was the norm for ...
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Is there a gender-neutral alternative to workmanlike suitable for use in legal context?

The word "workmanlike" and phrase "workmanlike manner" appear frequently in contract terms, but are obviously gendered. For example: The services will be performed in a professional and workmanlike ...
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Alternative to “grandfather” in an organizational context [duplicate]

In organizations sometimes we refer to the manager of a manager as the "grandfather". For example "candidates for senior level positions must go through a grandfather's interview" meaning those ...
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Can the epicene personal pronoun “they’ be used regardless of semantic gender of the word?

Can the epicene personal pronoun they be used regardless of semantic gender of the word? In other words, for any word with semantic gender (i.e. lion, lioness, boy, girl, man, woman, cow, bull) ...
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How can one include all people in one's written and spoken language irrespective of one's gender identity(s)? [closed]

I am totally in favour of including non-binary folks in my written and spoken speech, though I'm not sure exactly how I go about doing it competently without sounding like I am trying to avoid ...
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Neglecting women in every field

Why do we say 'chairman' for men and 'chairperson' for women? Why don't we use 'chairperson' for both? It's a neutral word a single word can used for both. Also, why do we use 'man-made' ...
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Should an antecedent of “everyone” take “their” or “his” or “our” as its corresponding possessive pronoun? [duplicate]

I am still confused about how to use the word everyone. I have this sentence on a test: Everyone wants to do their part. Everyone wants to do his part. Everyone wants to do our part. ...
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Earlier sources or identity of person who coined the term “neutrois”?

A lot of work I've been doing recently has been around the emergence of various gender identities. "Neutrois" recently came to my attention, with more information about it here: https://nonbinary....
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Gender neutral term for “This Guy” when referring to myself

Is there a gender neutral alternative to "this guy", to refer to yourself in the third person in a gender neutral way? Example of use: Guess who just got a raise? {This guy!}
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Which pronoum do I use to refer a gender-neutral subject? [duplicate]

I want to say that "Feeding from a human doesn't mean killing them" (yes, vampire stuff), but i feel like the them i'm using isn't correct. But I don't want to use he/she because human can be either, ...
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A gender-neutral term for son or daughter?

I am looking for a term that could be used to describe one's offspring* in a gender neutral manner. Normally, female offspring are called daughters and male offspring are called sons. The three terms ...
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Is there a gender neutral equivalent of “manspreading”?

Who knew that the term manspreading is considered deeply sexist? I didn't A nameless user proposed to delete the term from an answer of mine. His explanation was “remove misandry”. I had written ...
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Alternative terms for Men's and Women's T-shirts?

I'm going to be hosting an event that may include gender non-binary participants, and we have some t-shirts to give away. They are manufactured in Men's and Women's cuts. Are there any terms that ...
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Is 'server', as used of restaurant server, only an AmE expression?

I noticed, in an article recounting the very robust and competent response of a young lady to inappropriate conduct, that she was described as a 'server'. I have never seen this use of the word ...
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Word for friend with female origins? [duplicate]

I often address people of all genders as "dude" but a female coworker said that dude has origins only pertaining to males and is therefore itself male. She challenged me to find a word to address all ...
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Specifying Pronouns as He/Him;She/Her;They/Them

It is becoming more common for people to explicitly state the pronouns to be used in addressing themselves: he/him, she/her, or they/them. For example, a name tag for a conference might read: Cory ...
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How to say “unisex for children” in english language (without sounding weird) [closed]

I'm trying to find the professional wording that describes "unisex" (male + female) in the children fashion industry. It seems that most fashion shops simply name this "children" or "kids", avoiding ...
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I am a pansexual trans/gender-fluid person

There's a risk of me potentially offending someone but I am an outsider trying to get to grips with this terminology. Online, I read someone who identified themself as a pansexual trans/gender-...
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Does the term “Brotherhood” imply that all members are males?

I'm writing a story that has a secret society or gang called "The Brotherhood", and I want to know if this term implies that all members are males (because of the term "Brother"). Would this name ...
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A less sexist alternative to 'mansplain'? [closed]

Mansplain is an interesting term that has been added recently to the Oxford, Merriam-Webster, and Cambridge dictionaries. Here is the definition as per Oxford. (of a man) explain (something) to ...
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Is there a non-technical gender-neutral term for child above the age where a person is no longer considered a child? [duplicate]

A person is their parent's child always, but past an arbitrary age, it's no longer appropriate to call them a "child". I'm familiar with the term "Offspring", but that sounds technical, is there a ...
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What possessive is used when “everybody” is the antecedent? [duplicate]

Is this sentence right? Everybody is wasting his time. Is his or its the possessive of everybody? Most people use his but in my opinion it should be its: Everybody is wasting its time. I ...
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Was the word “guy” gender-neutral in the 1930s?

I have an attestation from The Glass Key, by Dashiell Hammett and first published in 1930 She rubbed her face into the chintz cushion under it and said: “A swell guy I turned out to be, promising ...
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How to translate Portuguese demonyms containing gender?

I can say "Brazilian company" (empresa brasileira, in Portuguese) for a company in Brazil. If the company resides in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, in Portuguese we say "empresa mineira", or for ...
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Gender neutral alternative to Sir/Madam

This question has been asked on this website before—but one example was closed as off topic, and the other specifically regarded use in a letter. My context requires the use of speech, as if ...
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Does the concept of a generic masculine exist in the English Language? [closed]

In the German language, there is a grammatical rule that is called Generisches Maskulinum (English: generic masculine). It says that when you want to address a group that consists of people of both ...
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Gender neutral noun for brotherhood / sisterhood? [duplicate]

Example 1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_White_Brotherhood Example 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brotherhood_of_Eternal_Love http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/brotherhood?s=t Any other ...
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Is using the word person in “person's wife” a recent phenomenon?

I came across a language textbook talking about the wife of a "person", rather than of a "man": okusan: (another person's) wife On a following page, it defined "goshuujin" as "(another person's) ...
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Is “human-made” an appropriate, non-gendered alternative to “man-made”?

Surprisingly, this word returns very few "meaningful" results on Google (like texts, blog posts, articles, etc) using it. It seems to be a new word. Yet, the OED gives no hits. Is this an ...
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Is “laic” an alternative word to the word “layperson”? [closed]

Can laic be used interchangeably with layperson as a gender-neutral alternative to layman and laywoman? Example 1 The site is more suitable for the laics. vs The site is more suitable for ...
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Neutral form of “son of a <blank>”

I'm trying to come up with gender-neutral / androgynous forms of idiomatic phrases like "son of a gun", "son of a bitch", etc., substituting the "son" in each case for a neutral word that does not ...
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Gendered Pronouns for Privacy-Masked Individuals

I was editing an academic paper for a friend, and she used several internet users as case studies to document their behavior on social media. For privacy reasons, she omitted their names, and referred ...
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Pronunciation of “xe” and “xyr”

I've been reading a book that includes extraterrestrials that shift from female to male during the course of their lives. During the transition phase, the other characters in the book use the neutral ...
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How to degender “separate the men from the boys”?

How can one degender the phrase "separate the men from the boys"? Examples of how this phrase has traditionally been used: Math teacher: "The ability to do proofs of this type is what separates ...
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Is there a gender-neutral term for 'Godly'? [closed]

The term godly is used numerous times in gaming. However, god refers to male supernatural beings. Goddess refers to a female supernatural being, AKA a female god. So, is there a gender-neutral term ...
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Is there a way to determine how offensive a word is? [closed]

Outside of slang, I'm looking for a list of words that have been co-opted by society to mean something derogatory. In some senses, they are also "trigger words" and phrases. The word cult, for ...
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What is the true gender-neutral equivalent of “man”?

Man is a social animal. This sentence is understandable, but has two problems: The gender-neutral use of man is nowadays often seen as sexist. The phrasing seems archaic. Let’s ignore the second ...
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Do all major occupations ending -man have a gender-neutral option?

Traditionally, many professions have been known by terms ending in -man, presumably because they have often been overwhelmingly performed by men in the past. There are probably others but ones I can ...
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Gender Usage of Confidant vs Confidante

After reading an article in which it was stated that Che Guevara became a confidante of Fidel Castro, I am now very confused about the proper usage of the words confidante and confidant. Every ...
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Is the word 'master' always gendered?

The word 'master' is obviously gendered sometimes, but is it always so? There is the perhaps traditional sense associated with servitude. Master Frodo Master of the realm In these cases the word ...