I'm trying to write a paper about artistic genres and adaptation, and it would be many times easier if I knew a word that meant "having to do with genre." I'd thought of using the word "generic," saying things like "generic transformation" to mean "transformation that takes place with regard to genre." But I know that "generic" means "having to do with genus," not "having to do with genre." Any chance there's another word I could use? Alternatively, is it actually acceptable to use "generic" in this way?


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    You can always coin genre-wise. That works in English for pretty much any with respect to or regarding. – Drew Apr 16 '15 at 15:47
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    If you mean having to do with a particular genre, you could say a thing is "genre-specific." – Robusto Apr 16 '15 at 16:07
  • No, I mean "having to do with (the concept of literary) genre." – Lupicia Apr 16 '15 at 16:07
  • Lupicia: If it's important (and it seems to be), I'd make sure 'genric' is listed in OED. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 16 '15 at 16:12
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    Dictionary.com says that the adjective for genre is genre. – Peter Shor Apr 16 '15 at 17:03

Wiktionary, unlike other[,] respectable online dictionaries, lists genric, without even a 'rare':


Etymology genre +‎ -ic

Adjective genric (not comparable)

Pertaining to genre.

But then there's not much Wiktionary doesn't list.

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    So it does... but honestly, that looks like a typo for "generic" to me, so I probably wouldn't use it or recommend using it. – sumelic Apr 16 '15 at 15:51
  • The facts that they list generic separately and offer cringe as an anagram here would not support your view (assuming your 'that' has the obvious referent). – Edwin Ashworth Apr 16 '15 at 15:53
  • I think this works: this book uses the word "genric" in precisely this way, adding an explanation of the term which you can see if you search the book for "genric." – Lupicia Apr 16 '15 at 15:57
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    I don't mean that I think that was a typo, I said it looks like a typo. A Google search on "genric" gives you the Wiktionary entry on the first page, along with some company that's chosen this name. From the second page on, most of the Google results are misspelled Viagra ads. However, a Google grams search does reveal some legitimate uses of the word in published books, though some of them are false hits for the company name, and one of the first-page hits contains a justification by the author of the choice to use "genric" rather than "generic". It is a word but it seems a bit jargony to me. – sumelic Apr 16 '15 at 15:59
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    @Mitch I'm getting used to it already. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 16 '15 at 17:52

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