Tag Archives: political

Shibboleth — not someone who predicts the future and not a Lovecraft monster

I’ve been swimming into the depths of political speech again lately, and that means I encounter interesting words and concepts that aren’t always common in everyday use. One of the words that crops up now and then is “shibboleth.” I … Continue reading

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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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This Is Not A Revanchist Post (I have nothing to reclaim)

Here’s a great political word seeing an uptick in usage: revanchist. Conducting a little research on this was rewarding, as revanchist (and also revanchism) is a word that’s still shifting in meaning, moving from a very strict and limited use … Continue reading

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A Few Words on Casual Sexism (or, “Just How Sexist Are You?”)

Beginning a little over four years ago — you can deduce the causative event yourself — it became popular for people to proclaim that the United States has become a “post-racial society.” Whatever that means: “post-racial” is an ill-defined term … Continue reading

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Consider this a prebuttal of your criticism.

I don’t go around specifically looking for political words to discuss. Really, I don’t. But that area of spoken and written English seems to be a fertile breeding ground for new usage, especially in this, an election year. Rarely a … Continue reading

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