A phrase from the past has pungent currency today. In 1896, an editorial in the Guardian mentioned a derogatory rumor about Lord Rosebery. Quoth the lord:
“… The allusion in the Guardian… gave me the opportunity that I had long desired of pulverising this lie… It is amusing to see how the squirters of this filth are now declaring that they never said or intended or thought anything of the sort.”
Wokeness: “an overly rigid commitment to identity politics and social justice ideology… a shorthand for puritanical political correctness… a pejorative wielded against liberal elitism.” (From African- American vernacular, where it meant “a broad awareness of anti-black oppression.”)
Affect (noun meaning “desire” or “emotion”): “A former vice president, Joe Biden, known for his centrist politics and blue-collar affect, leads the field.” (Would “affectation” be better here: “a studied display of real or pretended feeling”?)
Finally, a U.S. senator disremembers a potentially incriminating phone conversation.
“I’ll go back and check on my records… But it seems very unlikely that I would be taking calls from random people.”
The man illustrates why random voters need to show him and his fellow filth squirters the exit.
Paul Chadwick, “How The Guardian is moving on from a misjudged editorial,” theguardian.com, 12-1-19.
Jamelle Bouie, “Why the ‘Wokest’ Candidates Are the Weakest,” NYTimes, 12-6-19.
James Walker, “Lev Parnas’ Attorney Address Devin Nunes on Twitter: ‘Lev Remembers’,” Newsweek, 12-6-19.
(c) 2019 JMN