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Transgender is a 2015 Word of the Year

Transgender is a 2015 Word of the Year

Transgender is a 2015 Word of the Year

Transgender is among binge-watching and dadbod as 2015 Words of the Year, according to Collins English Dictionary.

Lexicographers said the rise in usage of transgender, up 100% on the previous year, was linked to the rise of celebrities like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner.

Other entries for Words of the Year included ghosting (to end a relationship by cutting off contact), clean eating (eating only natural foods) and man spreading (a male passenger taking up too much space on public transport).

‘Once again, the list of Collins’ Words of the Year offers a fascinating snapshot of the ever-changing English language,’ said Helen Newstead, Head of Language Content at Collins.

This follows cisgender, meaning your identity corresponds with the gender and sex you were assigned at birth, was also added to Collinsdictionary.com. Misgender and Mx were also added.

In 2013, the OED and Collins Dictionary updated the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.