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ze

or zie

[zee] /zi/
pronoun
1.
(occasionally used with a singular indefinite pronoun or singular noun antecedent in place of the definite masculine he or the definite feminine she):
My friend didn't want to go to the party, but ze ended up having a great time!
Origin of ze
1970-1975
First recorded in 1970-75; based on the German pronoun sie
Usage note
Gender-neutral pronouns have been proposed as far back as the mid-19th century, especially in connection with progressive ideas about women’s rights. More recently, the coinage and use of ze and other gender-neutral pronouns has been motivated by discussions about gender identity. Many gay, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals do not identify as male or female or do not want to be identified as either gender. Even so, use of ze as a gender-neutral singular third-person pronoun is quite limited, partly because of a general resistance toward replacing English pronouns. Pronouns belong to a small, closed class of words whose membership is relatively fixed. See also they.
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  • Her lover was killed in a duel on ze bridal-eve, and she became insane.

  • On ze ball-night Mademoiselle Véra was sick, but I was well.

  • It was the first time I haf ever set eyes on ze same, as you say, sare.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Now, if you will follow me a few paces to ze right, here… Ach!

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • She sink Meestair Jayreem Ailyar is ze brover who is not arrive.

    Jerry Jean Webster
  • If ze gate is shut you ring at ze bell and Giuseppe will open.

    Jerry Jean Webster
  • Scusi, signore, I have not known zat you have ze plaisir of zer acquaintance.

    Jerry Junior Jean Webster
  • And is it not as I have said, zat she is beautiful as ze holy angels?

    Jerry Junior Jean Webster
  • She is beautiful, signorina, beautiful as ze angels in Paradise!

    Jerry Junior Jean Webster

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