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Canadian police dept. urges public to use 'preferred pronouns.' But public is having none of it.

A Canadian police department was ripped after it encouraged the public to use "preferred pronouns" and tweeted a "Handy Guide" for their use. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

A Canadian police department encouraged the public to ask others what their "preferred pronouns" are — and took it a step further by publishing a "Handy Guide to Pronouns" — in a Twitter post Wednesday.

Seems that sometime Friday morning the tweet was deleted, but TheBlaze got screenshots:

Image source: Twitter screenshot

The chart provided by the police in Halton — which is just south of Toronto — included tips for using newfangled pronouns such as “ze-hir-hir,” “ze-zem-zir” and “ey-eir-em” in sentences. (You know, in case you're ever in the mood to observe that “Ze went to the store to buy hirself a hat. I saw him wearing hir hat today," as one example notes.)

While the tweet didn't note consequences for failing to use preferred pronouns, it comes after the Canadian Senate passed bill C-16, which would prohibit discrimination against transgenders and protect them against hate speech and hate crimes, the Globe and Mail reported.

But just exactly what constitutes "discrimination" and "hate speech" has many folks worried about free speech disappearing. The bill still must be approved by the governor general before becoming law.

As for the folks who got an eyeful of the tweet from Halton police, a number of them seemed none too pleased with its message:

Image source: Twitter screenshot

Image source: Twitter screenshot

Image source: Twitter screenshot

(H/T: Heat Street)

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