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What is a demagogue?

Demagogue is a word which saw increased use during the recent presidential campaign (although it wasn’t used nearly enough in my opinion). It’s one of those political words that you can count on to be thrown around in just about … Continue reading

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Racialism: it’s not the same as racism. Or is it?

The word “racialist” got tossed around in public for a day or two last week after Hillary Clinton used it in a speech. Here’s what Clinton said: No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here. The … Continue reading

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Fight the . . . kyriarchy?

Kyriarchy. Do you know this word yet? Regular readers of this semi-regular blog will know that I usually stick to issues of vocabulary and usage and avoid confronting topics that are political, religious, ideological, or otherwise potentially controversial. But I … Continue reading

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Real Estate and Realtor: Word Origins

It’s been a fairly busy month in language but I haven’t been able stay timely. So many interesting words and usages, so little time! I didn’t want to let a full month slide by without posting on some useful topic … Continue reading

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“Are we all bigots?” Only if you don’t know the meaning of the word.

There was some (small) buzz a few weeks ago over Morgan Freeman repeatedly using the word “bigot” on his TV show (“Into the Wormhole” on the Science Channel). The attention largely focused on the statement “Are we all bigots?” and … Continue reading

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