Newest Insanity: Gender Neutral “Theybies”

I’m more than willing to set aside my limited government beliefs in this case to implement controls to keep these types of people from breeding. Ever

Don’t call me baby: the birth of the gender-neutral ‘theyby’
Theybe is the hip new thing for parents who want to bring up their offspring in gender-neutral fashion. Bring on the theycare

Babies are so passe, even royal ones. The hip new thing to have is a “theyby”, according to a trend spotted by New York magazine that sees parents bringing up their offspring in a gender-neutral fashion.

There was of course nothing gender-specific about the “ba-“ part of “baby”, which is already a diminutive form of the original English word “babe”. The Oxford English Dictionary says that its origin is probably onomatopoeic – two syllables of “ba”, which is a typical “early infantile vocalisation”. So while a baby can call itself a baba, even if by accident, it will take much longer to pronounce itself a “theyby”.

So “theyby” here points to the desired attitude of others, rather than removing any bias from the traditional description of the object in question. (It is often unimportant whether such bias really existed anyway: replacing “mankind” with “humankind” hurts no one.)

Meanwhile, the possibilities for today’s theybies seem endless. If they need looking after they can go to theycare. In time they will even eat gender-neutral smoked-pork slices (theycon) on a Saturday morning while reading a language column in a theyper.

Just to be clear, I’m not making fun of writer Steven Poole at the UK Guardian, who’s dropping this as his word of the week. Because Steven seems to be making fun of these nutballs … or, should that be wankers, since this is a UK site?… as well. It’s no wonder kids are so fragile these days, so neurotic, with insane parents like this.

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2 Responses to “Newest Insanity: Gender Neutral “Theybies””

  1. JGlanton says:

    I was hiking with a group of women a few days ago and they were all about naming their children with gender-neutral names. Two of them had named all of their kids with names like Madison and Taylor. They didn’t seem to be doing it for any ideological reasons, but it was interesting.

  2. Monty says:

    I guess the people (if they are male) who deliver our mail will be called a “personperson” if this idiocy continues.

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