My pronouns are:

per/per

(Person pronouns)

Example usage in sentences:

  • I think per is very nice.
  • I asked per if I can borrow per pencil.
  • Per told me that the house is pers.
  • Per said per would rather do it perself.
Coined by John Clark in an issue of the Newsletter of the American Anthropological Association in 1972, derived from the word “person”.

Table:

Subject Object Possessive determiner Possessive pronoun Reflexive
per /pəɹ/ per /pəɹ/ per /pəɹ/ pers /pəɹz/ perself /pəɹˈsɛlf/

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Examples from cultural texts:

Person pronouns (per/per)

  • Bernardine EvaristoGirl, Woman, Other, 2019

    • they discussed the best gender-neutral alternatives such as ae, e, ey, per, they, and tested each word to see if the words tripped off the tongue or “tripped over it, ditto with the alternatives to his and hers: hirs, aers, eirs, pers, theirs and xyrs

  • Marge PiercyWoman on the Edge of Time, 1976

    • I’ve read of this and seen a drama too about a person who sold per body to feed per family!
    • Barbarossa dyes per beard, in truth. Isn’t it pretty? It was brown before.
    • Then the aunts person selected—advisers for the next years—return for per.
    • My child named perself this month, too.

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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