MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We'd like to spend a few minutes now talking about
language and gender. You might have followed the debate in this country over
whether people can use the pronoun they instead of he or she if they want to.
In the Spanish language, all nouns have a gender. Most masculine ones end in
O, and most feminine nouns end in A. But in recent years, some Spanish
speakers have been pushing for ways to make nouns gender-neutral. In
Argentina, teenagers are leading the effort to rewrite some of the rules.
They're changing the way they speak and write, replacing the masculine O, the
feminine A with a gender-neutral E. So, for example, amigos becomes amiges
(ph). Samantha Schmidt reported on this for The Washington Post, and she's
with us now to tell us more. Samantha, thanks so much for joining us.
SAMANTHA SCHMIDT: Thanks so much for having me. MARTIN: So here in the U.S.,
the push for more gender-neutral language is often linked with efforts to end
discrimination and violence