By John Mack Freeman
The gender-neutral honorific “Mx” has been added to the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. It’s definition is:
“n: a title used before a person’s surname by those who wish to avoid specifying their gender.”
The title Mx is a gender-neutral alternative to Mr and Ms, which has grown in use and popularity – with MPs being sworn into the House of Commons given the option of the gender neutral title for the first time after May’s election.
It is one of a number of gender neutral honourifics, such as Dr. and Rev. – but is intended for general use instead of specific to a profession.