Antedating of "Transvestite"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 22 03:17:56 UTC 2013

transvestite (OED 1922)

1911 _Current Literature_ Nov. 550 (JSTOR)  There are some who ... point to the degeneracy of Rome under Heliogabalus, an emperor who preferred to wear the habiliments of the opposite sex.  Recently Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, the psychopathic authority, devoted an entire book to the question of persons similarly
inclined, whom he calls "transvestites."

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society -

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