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Is there a gender neutral equivalent of “manspreading”?

Seat hog Without having an example sentence, it's hard to suggest a perfect fit, but I would suggest "seat hog" or "seat hogging." There's even a whole blog dedicated to posting ...
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How to degender "separate the men from the boys"?

In addition to Jacinto's answer, you can also avoid the human element altogether and use a phrase like: Math teacher: "The ability to do proofs of this type is what separates the wheat from the ...
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Is there a gender neutral equivalent of “manspreading”?

To avoid the accusation of being biased and the ire of those who may be offended; a passenger who takes up too much room or invades their co-passenger's space could be termed a space hog ‘Worse, ...
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How to degender "separate the men from the boys"?

I like the pair grown ups/kids or grown ups/children. Here’s an example from Oxford Learner’s Dictionary (go to “noun” and click on “More examples sentences”; emphasis mine): ‘In a festival where ...
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Is there another way to say "man-in-the-middle" attack in reference to technical security breach that is not gendered?

What is the best way to use this terminology and be gender neutral while maintaining communication efficiency? I would suggest that your original term, "man-in-the-middle (attack)", remains ...
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How to degender "separate the men from the boys"?

You could drop the particular idiom of "separating A from B" and wind up very close with testing their mettle: The ability to do proofs of this type is how we test the mettle of students in this ...
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Is there a gender neutral equivalent of “manspreading”?

sprawl [sprawl] verb (used without object) 1) to be stretched or spread out in an unnatural or ungraceful manner: Source: Dictionary.com Example 1 ”I suppose only a man can man-...
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Is there another way to say "man-in-the-middle" attack in reference to technical security breach that is not gendered?

There are several gender-neutral names for a MITM attack¹: • monster-in-the-middle Since 1989, experts have been arguing that Internet security requires cryptographic protocols, ensuring security ...
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Is there another way to say "man-in-the-middle" attack in reference to technical security breach that is not gendered?

I really think "person-in-the-middle" is the only option which satisfies both your requirements. Replacing "man" by "person" is a very standard way to avoid terms which ...
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How to degender "separate the men from the boys"?

"It is time to separate the masters from the apprentices" might work. Although it is probably not a common phrase, it does imply a growth in your learning level and skill while being gender neutral. ...
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Is -ist a gender-neutral ending?

Yes, these are gender-neutral. Check the definitions for a few of the professions ending in -ist, and there won't be any indication of gender: dentist: a person qualified to treat the diseases and ...
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How to degender "separate the men from the boys"?

The ability to do proofs separates the professionals from the amateurs. The terms have same meaning as in this quote (which is sometimes attributed to Julie Andrews) : Amateurs practice until they ...
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Is there a gender neutral equivalent of “manspreading”?

Legs akimbo: knees bent and protruding from the trunk.  a tailor sitting with legs akimbo
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Is "hangman" a gender neutral term?

No gender-neutral alternative of the same specificity seems to be in common use As indicated by the other comments and MetaEd's answer, there does not seem to be any well-established alternative term ...
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Pronunciation of "xe" and "xyr"

Xe is more like /zi/ as it seems. Same with xyr. References: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/xyr https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/xe
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Is there a gender neutral equivalent of “manspreading”?

No. While there are words that carry the meaning of sitting in a way that takes up too much space, an essential part of the meaning of manspreading is the connection to a culture of male entitlement ...
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What is a gender neutral equivalent for the following phrase?

Try this: I'm not going to get all bent out of shape. No gender implied at all, and the meaning is the same (to get upset to distraction about something). (of a person) Upset or angry. Don'...
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I am a pansexual trans/gender-fluid person

The other answers are well-taken. To attempt a tl;dr: Q1. What is the difference between a bisexual and a pansexual? The people? Probably nothing. But the difference between the terms 'bisexual' ...
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Is there a gender neutral equivalent of “manspreading”?

How about "knee-spreading"? It doesn't cover the case where someone has excess bags but it could refer to any person of either gender who is sitting with their legs spread far apart.
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Is there a correct gender-neutral singular pronoun ("his" vs. "her" vs. "their")?

October 2017 5.48: Singular they (footnote from the Chicago Manual of Style Online October 2017) The generic singular they was endorsed in 2015 by the editors of the Washington Post, though with a ...
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Specifying Pronouns as He/Him;She/Her;They/Them

To my knowledge, it's a convention that persists because the form itself has acquired shared meaning. I don't know all of the details, but we can look at common patterns of usage: Explanatory ...
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I am a pansexual trans/gender-fluid person

Q2. Why is there no agreement in the LGTBQ community for a single, simple term to express this gender and sexual preference? A2. Because the LGTBQ is not a single speech community, that's why. A ...
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What is a gender neutral equivalent for the following phrase?

There's nothing wrong with "... get your knickers in a twist". It's the idiomatic expression, and it can be applied to anybody regardless of gender or underwear choice. They are, after all, only ...
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Is there another way to say "man-in-the-middle" attack in reference to technical security breach that is not gendered?

You could try "Malicious-In-The-Middle" to keep the MITM acronym. In traditional cryptography naming, the one who performs the MITM attack is Mallory which will not help because that's a ...
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Is "youth" gender-neutral when countable?

In sociology/social work, youth is a gender-neutral term referring to people in their teenage years (especially the late teenage years) and their early twenties. It is especially common in the phrases ...
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Is there a correct gender-neutral singular pronoun ("his" vs. "her" vs. "their")?

Before I answer I wish to state that I am a proud supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and don't particularly care what pronoun anyone prefers or chooses for themself, as long as it makes them feel ...
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How to degender "separate the men from the boys"?

Consider the following example, which draws a parallel with riding a bicycle: Math teacher: "The students who master this type of proof have truly removed the training wheels from their '...
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Is "human-made" an appropriate, non-gendered alternative to "man-made"?

This is really a matter of opinion. I'll give mine with some reasoning. I try to be careful with gender assumptions in writing, but would still use man-made if a synonym such as artificial didn't work,...
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