My pronouns are:

hu/hum

(Humanist pronouns)

Example usage in sentences:

  • I think hu is very nice.
  • I asked hum if I can borrow hus pencil.
  • Hu told me that the house is hus.
  • Hu said hu would rather do it huself.
Coined by Sasha Newborn in 1982, based on the word “human”.

Table:

Subject Object Possessive determiner Possessive pronoun Reflexive
hu /hju/ hum /hjum/ hus /hjuz/ hus /hjuz/ huself /hjuˈsɛlf/

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Examples from cultural texts:

Humanist pronouns (hu/hum)

  • Robert HumePocock's Contextual Historicism (in: The Political Imagination in History, edited by D. N. DeLuna), 2006

    • If hu is dealing with many writers, most especially if they span decades or centuries , then serious problems of consistency and connectivity arise.

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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