America, often in a trance, has woken up to trans. Sure, "tranvestite" has long been in circulation. But now trans-the-friendly-prefix has dramatically expanded its reach in the Land of Personal Re-Invention.
Thank transgendered former male Olympic star Bruce Jenner for this linguistic revolution! "Caitlyn," his transname, went viral, giving the prefix the kind of lift no bra could provide.
And even more recently, trans has found a long-lost stem, "racial." The "hi 'I'm black'" -- according to her parents, "white" lady -- Rachel Dolezal, who was much in the news lately, described her family as "transracial."
And let's not forget Hillary Clinton, whose mysterious "non-profit" Foundation has energized another transword : "transparency."
As for trans fat (which recently earned a headline in The Wall Street Journal, "Trans Fats Transphobia:
Government flips over the additive it once promoted") it's lost its ten seconds (pounds?) of fame, gained by revelations that it could poison us all. Dictionaries even don't seem to consider "trans" worthy of being joined to "fat," thereby (if my poor grammar serves me correctly) depriving it of its prefix-identity. How tragically post (trans?)-modern!
What will the future bring to trans? Perhaps a new word - transfatigue. All these transes are bound to get bring America back to its trances.
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