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Kin

verb; zero derivation
To wholly identify as a person or fictional character.
 
This usage of “kin” implies a polysemy, which possibly arose from a metaphorical semantic change. As the original “kin” meant “a relative of” this “kin” could have arisen because a person “related to” or felt they were a “relative to” a certain person or character. While “kin” has a reasonably innocent definition, the word’s common usage demographics taint the word for other people. “Kin” is often associated with people in fandoms, who “kin” their favorite character; the close relation to “nerds” hinders the word’s acceptance into conventional English. Furthermore, there are people who use the word “kin” in an exaggerated way to the point of fetishization.
Etymology : From “kin” meaning “a relative of.”
Source : “I kin long furby.” (A friend from Florida, 7-2019)
Last modified: 10 December 2019


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