My pronouns are:

ne/nir

(Neopronoun “ne/nir”)

Example usage in sentences:

  • I think ne is very nice.
  • I asked nir if I can borrow nir pencil.
  • Ne told me that the house is nirs.
  • Ne said ne would rather do it nirself.

Table:

Subject Object Possessive determiner Possessive pronoun Reflexive
ne /ni/ nir /nəɹ/ nir /nəɹ/ nirs /nəɹz/ nirself /nəɹˈsɛlf/

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Examples from cultural texts:

Neopronoun “ne/nir” (ne/nir)

  • Allie FireelWhen love is (really) complicated: being asexual, aromantic, demisexual, 2018

    • Fawkes also found nir people on Facebook, discovering nonbinary gender and asexuality at the same time. Ne didn’t know how to identify nirself, but had known for a long time that hetero and gender normativity was not the answer.
  • Merc Fenn WolfmoorOur Aim Is Not to Die (short story from the collection A People's Future of the United States), 2019

    • They log in Maya’s information and bring up nir location log. Maya isn’t home. Nir GPS marker shows ne is a couple of blocks away, near an abandoned warehouse scheduled for demolition in the spring.@“Can I give you a hug?” ne asks. Sua nods again, and Maya pulls them close, fierce, and squeezes until their breath comes short. “One day, it’ll be okay again,” Maya whispers. “I love you, Sua. Stay safe.”
      Then Maya disentangles nirself and runs.

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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