Chinese Language Learning – My idea for a new Chinese pronoun

I want to coin a new word.

In the beginning, there was only one Chinese pronoun, 他. This represented both men and women, a gender neutrality that still exists in the spoken language, but has been erased in the writing system. It was with Westernization in the 1910s that 她 was [coined](, and 他 was relegated to men. I find this fundamentally unfair. The 亻radical is literally just a smaller version of 人, meaning person; are only men considered people? This also means that mixed groups of men and women are referred to as 他们, a masculine they—a problem shared with French. Nonbinary people, meanwhile, have no written pronoun to refer to themselves; they’re forced to resort to the pinyin *ta.*

In English, we’ve solved this problem by reverting to the ancient singular use of “they.” In Chinese, there’s a much simpler, more elegant solution, as no change needs to be made to the spoken language at all. Instead of inventing a new gender-neutral pronoun, we can simply make the decision that the reformers of the Chinese language should have made at the beginning of the twentieth century: inventing a new pronoun altogether to refer to men, and leaving 他 to serve its original purpose as a gender-neutral pronoun. This way, nonbinary people can simply use 他, and 他们 can refer to any group, no matter its composition. Documents referring to a person of an unspecified gender can simply use 他 the way we use “one” or “they.”

Those who want to remain specifically masculine, meanwhile, can use this new pronoun:

女 already exists as a radical in a multitude of words, but the same is not true of 男. Therefore, I chose 十 as the radical for this new *ta.* It has the same number of strokes as 他, thus minimalizing the workload for writers. 女 is literally a pictograph of a woman, a titty pic, if you will, the space in the center representing a single breast. 十 in its radical form resembles the angular figure of a man. My invented pronoun also resembles 地, and the [etymology]( of 男 is that a man uses his strength 力 in the fields 田. Thus, the pronoun 十也.

I believe that this new pronoun can make a difference in society. I’m not sure how to disseminate it, but posting it on Reddit is a start!

Tl;dr: I invented a new Chinese pronoun, 十也, to refer to men, so that 他 can revert to being a gender-neutral pronoun.

View Reddit by cela_View Source


  1. hotakaPAD August 2, 2022
  2. Retrooo August 2, 2022
  3. houseforever August 2, 2022
  4. BlackRaptor62 August 2, 2022
  5. communitytcm August 2, 2022
  6. OutlierLinguistics August 2, 2022
  7. PuzzleQuail August 2, 2022
  8. annoying_know-it-all August 2, 2022
  9. kln_west August 2, 2022
  10. Arsenicacid-124 August 2, 2022
  11. EstimateVisible August 2, 2022
  12. Bluesummer2 August 2, 2022
  13. thndrpuffhufflebrd August 2, 2022
  14. OneTrueQuagmire August 2, 2022
  15. nate11s August 2, 2022
  16. Valentxine August 2, 2022
  17. [deleted] August 2, 2022
The English Alphabet (Beginner, Level 1, ESL for Adult Learners)
Chinese Language Learning – Etiquette around approaching chinese-speaking strangers
TPR for Kids | English Game for Kids | Action Game for Kids | ESL/EFL for Kids | Fun English
Warm up activities & games for young learners! ESL
Learn To Talk – Toddler Learning Video – Learn Colors with Crayon Surprises – Speech Delay – Baby
250 रोज़ काम आने वाले English Sentences For Daily Use | English Speaking Practice Through Imitation
Learn Formal Business English 🔥 English With Geet #ashortaday #shorts #speakenglish #learnenglish
[NEW] Dialogue collection | Learn English | Collection of Easy conversation
"Delicious" in Chinese 😋 #shorts #chinese #learnchinesein1minute #learnchinese #mandarin #中文 #汉语
Chinese Language Learning – Etiquette around approaching chinese-speaking strangers
芬兰人:谢邀,离我远点…… #涨知识 #科普 #地理 #Shorts
Chinese Language Learning – Books, webnovels, tools and methods I’ve used from intermediate to advanced
Learn Spanish or Vanish Episodio Uno/One
Build a Memory Palace to Learn Spanish | Learning Strategies
Two Pennies Learning Spanish ! #offgrid #spain
Spanish Adverbs And Phrases 1. Learn Spanish With Pablo