Pronounced “mix,” Mx. is a gender-neutral courtesy title preferred by some transgender or genderqueer people who do not identify as either male or female and so do not want to use “Mr.” or “Ms.” The New York Times, one of the few newspapers that still uses courtesy titles, first used Mx. in an article in 2015. Shortly after, Philip B. Corbett, the associate masthead editor for standards and overseer of The Times’ newsroom style manual, wrote a Times Insider column about it.

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