[Ads-l] cis/cissy

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sat Nov 21 17:20:45 UTC 2015

On 11/21/2015 10:36 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
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> Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: cis/cissy
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> I was just introduced at a workshop by a dean who excerpted, from a =
> teaching evaluation form I had never read, the comment that Professor =
> Horn was a very sympathetic instructor for someone who is a straight =
> cisgender male.  And of course "cis(gender)" is one of the more salient =
> retronyms of the past decade.  For some of us classically trained =
> oldsters (do I speak for you, Wilson?), the term inevitably evokes a =
> Caesarian nostalgia for trans-Alpine vs. cis-Alpine Gaul.
> "cissy" I hadn't heard.  Or if I had, I'd misanalyzed it.

Some of the chemically trained oldsters (and youngsters, I suppose) will 
think first of cis-trans isomerism.

-- Doug Wilson

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