Let’s call he/she ‘Shim’ instead!

In Sweden I like to believe we aim to treat men and women equally. In 2015, partly as a result of this, we therefor added a new word to our dictionary; ‘Hen’.

Hen, that dates back to 1966, is a Swedish ‘sex-neutral’ word that can be used in the same way as he or she. It can be used when you don’t know the sex of something/someone or when you want to be neutral when writing/speaking about something/someone. It can also be used by people who don’t want to describe a specific person as he or she at all. For example a transsexual individual.

Today, when speaking or using english I face the same problem as I do with Swedish.

For example

  • We are looking for a new IT manager. He or she needs…
  • This boat is beautiful. She….
  • I can’t see who’s in that picture but she seems to…
  • Oh, this gun is something else, He shoots…
  • There’s something wrong with my lawnmower, he keeps on…

In Swedish I personally find I have the same problems with he/she many times when I speak on stage, write a blog post or just speak to someone about something or a third person.

And more importantly, having two girls of my own I don’t want to contribute to making them feel that the some things in this world is meant for men and other things for women. I truly believe a word that makes things ‘sex-neutral’ would contribute to this.

Therefor today I decided to give it a go and make up a word for he/she in english. After some (quick) thinking I came up with Shim

Some examples on how to use SHIM.

  • We are looking for a new IT manager. Shim needs…
  • This boat is beautiful. Shim….
  • I can’t see who’s in that picture but shim seems to…
  • Oh, this gun is something else, Shim shoots…
  • There’s something wrong with my lawnmower, shim keeps on…

So, from now on I’ll call he/she SHIM instead.

What about you?

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