s/he

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /hi ɔː(ɹ) ʃi/

Pronoun[edit]

s/he (third person singular, plural they)

  1. he or she
    • 2020 March 14, Martin Belam, “Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV leader Genesis Breyer P-Orridge dies aged 70”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Born as Neil Andrew Megson in Manchester, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge grew up in Essex. S/he was a member of radical art collective COUM Transmissions in the late 1960s, and went on to form Throbbing Gristle with Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter Christopherson and Chris Carter.

Usage notes[edit]

This term is used as a gender-neutral third person singular pronoun. One common use is on paper forms.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (grammatically plural but semantically singular) they
  • (sometimes proscribed) he
  • (arbitrarily) she

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