Culture

Norway To Add Gender-Neutral Pronoun to the Dictionary

“Hen” has entered the chat.

1,014 Hypes

Norway To Add Gender-Neutral Pronoun to the Dictionary

“Hen” has entered the chat.

The language council in Norway has announced a possible inclusive change to the country’s dictionaries. Within a year, the country in Europe will add the term “hen” to accompany the feminine “hun” and masculine “han.”

The gender-neutral pronoun was believed to not be possible because it did not work with Norway’s speech patterns. Similar discourse has taken place in the U.S., where people have been utterly confused as to how to use the term “them.”

Carl-Oscar Vik, an 18 year old from Norway shared his perspective with The Guardian. He has hope that this change will give people like him more representation. “I think that a normal person on the street doesn’t know anyone who identifies as non-binary,” they said. “But I hope that by getting hen into the dictionary we can get the idea out there, because there are many people who don’t feel at home in certain pronouns but don’t have the words to describe it.”

Thankfully, public understanding is changing and gender-neutral terms are being accepted worldwide. France recently started acknowledging non-binary pronouns in their dictionaries as well. Le Petit Robert, a mainstream French dictionary, added “iel” and “iels” as official non-binary pronouns. In 2019, the U.S. also made the inclusive change to recognize “they” as a gender-neutral term.

Global recognition of identities outside of the gender binary is a great sign. Hopefully, these changes are a prerequisite to non-binary individuals being supported and recognized by law.

Norway is expected to make the official change anywhere between spring to autumn this year.

Read Full Article
Text By
and
Share this article

What to Read Next

Adidas Catches Consumers off Guard With Bare Breasted Campaign
Culture

Adidas Catches Consumers off Guard With Bare Breasted Campaign

Would this even be a headline if it features male nipples?
5,288 Hypes

Alo Yoga Launches Wellness and Fashion Metaverse With Roblox
Culture

Alo Yoga Launches Wellness and Fashion Metaverse With Roblox

Complemented by a five-piece digital fashion collection.
4,855 Hypes

Megan Thee Stallion Flaunts the Hair Tinsel Trend
Beauty

Megan Thee Stallion Flaunts the Hair Tinsel Trend

The sparkly style is set to dazzle this spring.
6,042 Hypes

5 Mental Health Resources for Black Women
Culture 

5 Mental Health Resources for Black Women

It’s okay to not be okay.
6,203 Hypes

Is Rue Trafficked on 'Euphoria'? Here's a Recap of the Plot Twist You Missed
Film & TV

Is Rue Trafficked on 'Euphoria'? Here's a Recap of the Plot Twist You Missed

The truth about sex trafficking.
671,948 Hypes

Kylie Jenner Reveals Name of Her Second Child
Entertainment

Kylie Jenner Reveals Name of Her Second Child

Introducing Wolf Webster.
7,392 Hypes

31 Women's Health Brands Sign Petition Against TikTok and Instagram Censorship
Culture

31 Women's Health Brands Sign Petition Against TikTok and Instagram Censorship

The petition addresses gender discrimination and clear biases.
1,821 Hypes

Kim Petras Embraces Her Slutty Side on New EP, 'Slut Pop'
Music

Kim Petras Embraces Her Slutty Side on New EP, 'Slut Pop'

For all the fellow throat goats.
6,212 Hypes

Mary J. Blige Releases New Album, 'Good Morning Gorgeous'
Music

Mary J. Blige Releases New Album, 'Good Morning Gorgeous'

Just in time for the award-winning singer’s upcoming Super Bowl performance.
1,838 Hypes

Here's How To Have a Successful First Date, According to Our Readers
Sex & Dating

Here's How To Have a Successful First Date, According to Our Readers

Take these five tips into consideration.
5,563 Hypes

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Keep updated on the latest news.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.