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As the gender-neutral term “Latinx” becomes more commonplace to describe the country’s Latin population, new research shows that the majority of Latinos have not even heard of the word.

According to a report released by the Pew Research Center on Tuesday, only 23% of Hispanics or Hispanics have heard of the term.

And only 3% actually use it to describe themselves.

Researchers surveyed 3,030 Latino or Hispanic adults in December 2019. It was conducted in both English and Spanish, according to Pew.

“Most people in [Latino] Population is not aware of the existence of this term, “Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew’s director of global migration and demographic research, told USA TODAY.

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“Low level of awareness [of Latinx] probably because the term comes from and that’s probably not necessarily where most Hispanics live, “Lopez said, adding that older Latino and immigrants may not know. to this term, let alone its use.

Pronounced as “luh-TEE-neks”, “Latinx” is a sexist substitute for Spanish and Latino, primarily intended for the LGBTQ + community. It surfaced online and at universities in the early 2000s, but became popular in Google searches following the 2016 Pulse shootings inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, research shows.

The word has also become popular among celebrities, politicians, and corporations. Merriam-Webster added this word to his dictionary in 2018.

Research shows that 42% of Latinos aged 18 to 29 have heard of the term, compared with 7% in people 65 and older.

People who are able to use the word “tend to be younger, college-educated, American-born and English-speaking people,” says Lopez. “But, it’s interesting, ladies.”

For example, among 18 to 29 year olds, 14% of women use the word “Latinx” to describe themselves, compared with 1% of men.

Although the word was created to include more of the LGBTQ + community, some critics believe it is annoying the Spanish language. Real Academia Española, the official source of the Spanish language, declined this decline in 2018.

Contribution: Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY

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