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Dicussion on 'hermaphrodite' (was Of accents & dialects)

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Sunday, November 2, 2008, 12:00
> Ina van der Vegt <gijsstrider@...> wrote:
> Hermaphrodite is an outdated term, rarely used by the medical > community anymore. The correct term would be intersexed person.
'Hermaphrodite' may be an outdated term, but why choose 'INTERsex'? The prefix 'inter-' suggests, to me, location, either figurative or literal. It seems to me that 'ambisexual' or 'ambisexed' would better describe the person/condition. I have also seen the word 'androgyne' which I rather like. Given that it's not an entry in the AHD, I assume that it's a back formation from 'androgynous/androgyny.' Charlie


Ina van der Vegt <gijsstrider@...>Dicussion on 'hermaphrodite' (was Of accents & dialects