Friday, September 19, 2008

Words I'm Looking Up (One in an occasional, cleverly named series on words I'm looking up)


One of the editors at one of the pubs I copy edit asked me to research whether it's best used as an adjective (a transgender person), a noun (Chris is a transgender), or whether it's "transgendered."

Answer: oy.

Webster's New World College Dictionary, which this newspaper group follows, say it's only an adjective and that "transgender" is preferred but "transgendered" is also okay. Merriam-Webster online agrees. gives it first billing as a noun but also lists it as an adjective. Plus it allows "transgendered."

American Heritage (via doesn't allow the spelling "transgender." It's "transgendered," say they, and it's only an adjective.

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