hey i'm really curious about gender-neutral pronouns in different languages. english has "they", plus a bunch of different neopronouns. what do you use in your language?

(boosts would be great to cast a wider net on this, thx)

@em In French we use 'iel', which is a mix of 'il' (he) and elle ('she'). It's a neologism that's pretty controversial

@stadion @em I first saw iel/iels on mastodon and thought 'omg this makes so much sense'. What is the controversial part, the standard 'this isn't how our language has worked for x centuries' line ?

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@rubah It's pretty complicated, it's used mostly by activists and it isn't "part of the dictionary", plus the Académie Française which sets the rules for the French language advised against it so it's a very politically charged word academie-francaise.fr/actualit

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