The word Latinx (a gender-neutral construction meant to be more inclusive of nonbinary people of Latin American descent) is having something of a moment. Its use is widespread on college campuses, Elizabeth Warren said it in a primary debate, and Google Trends shows searches for it spiking because of increased awareness from the recent protests. The term first appeared in 2004 and began to experience widespread usage in the mid-2010s. Pronunciations vary (although I've only heard latin-eks), and it's been criticized by prescriptivists for breaking with the normal two-gendered Spanish grammar. Other forms of this have Latine and Latin@, and some English-speaking activists have similarly tried to popularize Mx. as an alternative to the honorifics Mr. and Ms. It'll be interesting to see how this attempted language reform continues developing in the future.
Hello! I'm Adam Aleksic, a senior studying government and linguistics at Harvard University, where I co-founded the Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Society. In addition to etymology, I also really enjoy trivia, politics, vexillology, geography, board games, conlanging, art history, and law.