otherkin

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English[edit]

“Elven Star” heptagram sometimes used as an emblem of the otherkin subculture
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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English otherkin (a different or additional kind, literally other kind), from Middle English other (other) + -kin, -kinne, -kunne (kind), from Old English cynna, genitive plural of cynn (kind, sort, rank), equivalent to other +‎ -kin.

Noun[edit]

otherkin (plural otherkin)

  1. (Internet) A person who claims or believes that their soul is non-human.
    • 2000, Cara Des'tai, “The Internet goes mythic”, Fate: 
      It appears that many otherkin are unaware of what makes them different. They just know they are not normal humans.
    • 2001 February 13, Mamatas, Nick, “Elven Like Me”, The Village Voice, ISSN 0042-6180:
      Some elves claim to be allergic to iron and other products of encroaching modernity, while one breed of Otherkin—dragons in human bodies—insist that having no allergies is a sign of Otherness.
    • 2005 October 4, Christine Wicker, Not in Kansas Anymore: A Curious Tale of How Magic is Transforming America, edition First, New York: HarperCollins, ISBN 9780060726782, page 240:
      The living Otherkin are a loosely affiliated group of mostly young people who believe themselves to be magical and spiritual creatures: elves, werewolves, dragons, fairies, angels, hobbits.
    • 2007 April 20, Lupa, A Field Guide to Otherkin, edition 1st, Stafford: Megalithica Books, ISBN 9781905713073, page 18:
      Another is that I myself identify as Otherkin—a wolf therianthrope, to be exact—and I find this particular subculture to be absolutely fascinating.

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