My pronouns are:

thon/thons

(Neopronoun “thon”)

Example usage in sentences:

  • I think thon is very nice.
  • I asked thon if I can borrow thons pencil.
  • Thon told me that the house is thon's.
  • Thon said thon would rather do it thonself.
Created by Charles Crozat Converse in 1858, thon/thons/thonself is one of the first known examples of creating a gender neutral pronoun. “Thon” is a contraction of “that one”.

Table:

Subject Object Possessive determiner Possessive pronoun Reflexive
thon /ðɑn/ thon /ðɑn/ thons /ðɑnz/ thon's /ðɑnz/ thonself /ðɑnˈsɛlf/

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Examples from cultural texts:

Neopronoun “thon” (thon/thons)

  • Charlie KaufmanAntkind, 2020

    • I am not certain what I am hoping to learn, but I have discovered through my research into the underrated and trailblazing work of filmmaker Allen Albert Funt that a person who believes thonself to be unobserved will act in a manner different from a person who believes thonself to be observed.@"I can't let you see my therapist, B."
      "Why?"
      "We talk about you. It would be a conflict of interest for thon.”
      “Your therapist is a thon?”
      “No. But I prefer not to even be specific about thon's gender.”
      “Why?"
      “I'm afraid it might allow you to track thon down and see thon behind my back.”
  • Henry G. WilliamsOutlines of Psychology, 1895

    • It should be the constant aim of the teacher to cultivate thons own ethical imagination, and to hold up constantly to the pupils' view the ideal manhood and womanhood. (p. 52)@No teacher can fully comprehend the disadvantages to which thons school is subject without a good library, until teacher and school have had free and frequent access to one. (p. 78-79)
    • Is the attention of the pupil chiefly on thonself, another person or object, or on the subject at hand? (p. 111)

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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