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Massachusetts Latinos Don’t Use The Term ‘Latinx,’ Poll Shows

January 27, 2023

How would Bay State residents from Latin America describe themselves?

Few use the term “Latinx,” a new poll shows.

While 46 percent use the term Latino, 36 percent use Hispanic, and 29 percent go with their country of origin, just 5 percent prefer the term Latinx (pronounced “Latin ex”), a MassInc Polling Group poll released this week revealed.

Latinx is a gender-neutral version of Latino/Latina that tries to encompass people who identify as genders other than male and female.

In the Spanish language, there are two terms to describe people from Latin America or of Latin American descent:  Latino and Latina. Spanish uses genders for nouns and adjectives, so Latino is the masculine version of the word. It’s used to describe a male or men and women together; the plural form, Latinos, would describe either a group of men or a group of men and women.

Latina is the feminine version to describe a female; Latinas is the plural version of the term. It’s different from Hispanic, which refers to people who come from Spanish-speaking countries — including those outside of Latin America.

However, the Spanish language does not include the term “Latinx.” In the Spanish language, nouns only have two genders:   masculine and feminine.


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