In what should surprise no one, human gender identity is more complex and nuanced than the conceptual frameworks on which most of us were raised. Expressing a preferred pronoun helps, but there’s a problem with that approach.
Have you heard of unpaired words? They’re words that seem like they should have a partner but don’t. For example…
I often speak with students about careers in math and computing and the most common question I hear is “what should I study?". My answer often surprises them.
Have you heard of Zipf’s Law? It’s a surprisingly simple and accurate equation governing the frequency of word use in written prose. It’s been verified across numerous languages, which suggests that it captures something intrinsic and universal about human language.