[Ads-l] deadname (verb)

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 20 15:13:55 EST 2017

On 29 November 2014, Garson O’Toole talks about “deadname” and “deadnaming” (which may have a hyphen or space). The ADS posting includes citations for “deadnaming” and an Urban Dictionary entry saying “deadname” is a noun or verb.

Notably, _The Economist_ used the term in an article issued on 16 November.
https://www.economist.com/news/international/21731398-more-people-change-gender-they-are-sparking-debate-enrages-some-and-confuses <https://www.economist.com/news/international/21731398-more-people-change-gender-they-are-sparking-debate-enrages-some-and-confuses> 
"Making sense of the culture war over transgender identity”

More than a hundred academics called for its retraction, saying that it caused “harm” to trans people, for example by “dead-naming” a trans woman, that is, referring to her by her former male name. They omitted that the trans woman in question was Ms Jenner, who often talks about life as Bruce.

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/deadname <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/deadname>, https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dead-naming#English <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dead-naming#English>) has picked up the terms (no verb). The English Oxford Living Dictionaries have no entry.

Verb forms:

1. http://dailynous.com/2017/05/01/philosophers-article-transracialism-sparks-controversy/ <http://dailynous.com/2017/05/01/philosophers-article-transracialism-sparks-controversy/>
Philosopher’s Article On Transracialism Sparks Controversy
by Justin Weinberg

She deadnames a trans woman.

2. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/why-incorrectly-identifying-transgender-people-who-have-died-is-a-lack-of-respect <https://www.teenvogue.com/story/why-incorrectly-identifying-transgender-people-who-have-died-is-a-lack-of-respect>
Why Incorrectly Identifying Transgender People Who Have Died Is a Lack of Respect
by Brittney McNamara

When someone gets dead named, it means the person's entire gender identity is erased.

3. https://splinternews.com/what-deadnaming-means-and-why-you-shouldn-t-do-it-to-1793848137 <https://splinternews.com/what-deadnaming-means-and-why-you-shouldn-t-do-it-to-1793848137>
What ‘deadnaming' means, and why you shouldn’t do it to Caitlyn Jenner
by Meredith Ramirez Talusan

But there are also many times when trans people are deadnamed as a way to silence and shame us, or to pointedly out us as trans.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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