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T here are plenty of gender-neutral terms that people have tried to make a thing in American English. Take upstart pronouns like xe or zirwhich have had champions for centuries and remain little-used.

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There have also been success stories, from flight attendant to alum. And it appears that the adjective Latinx — an alternative to Latino or Latina — is headed in that direction. Academic centers are adding the word to their titles. The term is becoming de rigueur among artists and politically active youth. Media outlets like NPR are using it without remark or explanation.

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Another that this word has staying power: dictionaries have recently taken the time to define it. Latinx adj. For some, using Latinx can feel feminist.

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Both are gaining steam in a time when America is rethinking gender and whatever boundaries might come with it. A growing of young people reject the notion that everyone falls into the binary of male or female just like a growing refuse to identify as either totally gay or totally straight. People who describe themselves as non-binary might feel that neither box fits or that both do or that their feelings can change over time.

The letter X can refer to unknown locations or quantities and has a rebellious patina. Think Malcolm X, who used that letter as a way to buck a system in which many black Americans had ended up with the last names of slave owners.

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Zimmer also notes that the description has become popular enough to inspire imitation: Chicano is being recast as Chicanx; Filipina, as Filipinx. She says that, per their research, the word Latinx was thrust into the American consciousness after the horrific shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in It was a gathering spot where patrons were likely to have roots in both the LGBT community and Latin American culture, and the word cropped up time and again in the media coverage about what happened there.

While many view the label as inclusive, the word also has detractors. Critics have suggested that it sounds too American, erasing a Spanish language that needs to be preserved by immigrant communities. And some conservatives see the label as just one more example of unnecessary political correctness. There is a long history when it comes Latino looking to please political labels that have been adopted by — and forced upon — Americans with Latin American or Spanish roots. People have objected to the word Hispanic because it has vestiges of colonialism, she says.

The tussling over labels mirrors a complex history of attempting to politically unite people from disparate backgrounds under a single umbrella, finding common cause for Cubans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, for example.

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Others see the rather mysterious-looking Latinx as the perfect label for a group that is hard to define. Morales may be biased, having decided to use the word in the title for his upcoming book about race and politics in the U. at letters time. People attend a vigil in front of the Masp in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 15,in reaction to the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. By Katy Steinmetz. Be the first to see the new cover of TIME and get our most compelling stories delivered straight to your inbox.

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Progressives, Hispanics are not 'Latinx.' Stop trying to Anglicize our Spanish language.