My pronouns are:

co/cos

(Neopronoun “co/cos”)

Example usage in sentences:

  • I think co is very nice.
  • I asked co if I can borrow cos pencil.
  • Co told me that the house is co's.
  • Co said co would rather do it coself.
Created by Mary Orovan in 1970, derived from the Indo-European *ko.

Table:

Subject Object Possessive determiner Possessive pronoun Reflexive
co /ko/ co /ko/ cos /koz/ co's /koz/ coself /koˈsɛlf/

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Examples from cultural texts:

Neopronoun “co/cos” (co/cos)

  • Twin Oaks Community - Membership Agreement, 1989

    • Co will conduct coself according to the duly adopted rules, policies, and procedures of the Community as they exist at the time of this Agreement and as they may, by Community decision, change from time to time. In particular, co has read, understands, and agrees to abide by the Bylaws of Twin Oaks Community, Incorporated (hereinafter "the Bylaws"), which by reference are made a part of this document.
  • Paula C. RustSexual Identity and Bisexual Identities (in: Queer Studies: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Anthology, edited by Brett Beemyn and ‎Michele Eliason), 1996

    • At the very least, an individual might have to use different terms to describe coself in a heterosexual context than co uses in a sexual minority context and different terms in a Euro - American cultural context than in other racial and ethnic contexts

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!

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