- (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
First recorded in 1970–75; based on the German pronoun sie
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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Examples from the Web for ze
Much-loved artist/humorist/speaker Ze Frank offered the keynote at Yahoo!Best of Internet Week 2010
June 9, 2010
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