My pronouns are:
(Neopronoun “ae” / “æ”)
Example usage in sentences:
|Subject||Object||Possessive determiner||Possessive pronoun||Reflexive|
|ae /eɪ/||aer /ɛɹ/||aer /ɛɹ/||aers /ɛɹz/||aerself /ɛɹˈsɛlf/|
NeopronounsUnlike the other pronouns, which are officially recognised as “grammatically correct”, albeit used in a different meaning than we're used to, neopronouns are novel. Not being included in dictionaries doesn't make them any worse, though! Some neoprouns' names are derived from the names of their creators.
- ae/aer – Neopronoun “ae” / “æ”
- co/cos – Neopronoun “co/cos”
- e/em/eir – Spivak pronouns
- e/em/es – Neopronoun “e/em/es”
- ey/em – Elverson pronouns
- fae/faer – Neopronoun “fae/faer”
- hu/hum – Humanist pronouns
- ne/nem – Neopronoun “ne/nem”
- ne/nir – Neopronoun “ne/nir”
- per/per – Person pronouns
- s/he/hir – Neopronoun “s/he”
- thon/thons – Neopronoun “thon”
- ve/ver – Neopronoun “ve/ver”
- vi/vir – Neopronoun “vi/vir”
- vi/vim – Neopronoun “vi/vim”
- xe/xem – Neopronoun “xe/xem”
- ze/hir – Neopronoun “ze/hir”
- ze/zir – Neopronoun “ze/zir”
- zhe/zher – Neopronoun “zhe/zher”
David Lindsay – A Voyage to Arcturus, 1920
- “No children were produced by the act; the lover aerself was the eternal child. Further, ae sought like a man, but received like a woman.@Ae possessed broad shoulders and big bones, and was without female breasts, and so far ae resembled a man. But the bones were so flat and angular that aer flesh presented something of the character of a crystal, having plane surfaces in place of curves.”
- “Maskull found it impossible to compute aer age. The frame appeared active, vigorous, and healthy, the skin was clear and glowing; the eyes were powerful and alert—ae might well be in early youth. ”
What's the deal with pronouns?
We all have pronouns. They're those words that we use instead of calling someone by their name every time we mention them. Most people use “he/him” and “she/her”, so we automatically assume which one to call them based on someone's looks. But it's actually not that simple…
Gender is complicated. Some people “don't look like” their gender. Some prefer being called in a different way from what you'd assume. Some people don't fit into the boxes of “male” or “female” and prefer more neutral language.
This tool lets you share a link to your pronouns, with example sentences, so that you can show people how you like to be called.
Why does it matter? Because of simple human decency. You wouldn't call Ashley “Samantha” just because you like that name more or because “she looks like a Samantha to you”. Or even if she does have the name “Samantha” in her birth certificate but she absolutely hates it and prefers to use “Ashley”. And it's the exact same story with pronouns – if you don't want to be rude towards someone, please address them properly. The only difference is that we usually know names, but not pronouns. We introduce ourselves with a name, but not pronouns. Let's change that!