Latin What?


… Elizabeth Warren… began conducting her outreach to Hispanic voters using the term “Latinx.” (Though she did take a little flack, after the first Democratic debate, for pronouncing it “Latin-X.”)

(Ross Douthat, “Liberalism’s Latinx Problem,” NYTimes, 11-5-19)

Ross Douthat comments that “Latinx” is an ideological word aimed at “dismantling the default masculine” of romance languages, centering gender neutrality or nonbinariness in place of a cisgender heteronormativity.

Be that as it may, I’m still wondering how “Latinx” is to be said. I would capitalize “Romance” as a language family descriptor, on a par with Germanic, Slavic, Semitic, etc.

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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