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Introduction

The Orwellian Modern English Dictionary (OMED) is a guide to the real meaning of words which are now widely used across the English-speaking world. Words have been included where they meet a criteria that can be truly described as “Modern Orwellian”. This includes:

  • General bullshit. A word or terminology has been developed by a business or campaigning group to describe something which is simply bullshit. For example ‘organic’, ‘authentic’ ‘chemical’, ‘holistic’ or ‘artisan’.
  • Denigrating adjective(s) or noun(s): The word is used to discredit and isolate people with a different view or political outlook. It is used to avoid the presentation of convincing argument by denigrating the character of the opponent, by creating an object of derision. This terminology is used when an argument is weak. For example ‘climate denier’, mansplaining’ or ‘dead white male’. Nouns are also used to characterise a point of view or a behaviour as pathologically flawed. For example ‘addiction to oil’.
  • Political terminology. The term has been invented to gain acceptance for a political goal. For example ‘food miles’.
  • Empty husk noun The word initially described a progressive goal, but the essence of meaning has fundamentally changed. It is now used to denigrate people and call for repressive measures or the management of inter-personal relationships. For example, ‘sexist behaviour’.
  • Obfuscating noun: The word has been invented to intentionally obfuscate or mystify a purpose which could be contested. In order to avoid putting forward a convincing argument, these words are used to establish and maintain a dogma. The opposite of the selected word is a universal negative. For example ‘sustainable’ .
  • Twisted meaning adjective or noun. The common understanding of the word has changed. The original definition has been broadened to support the objectives of a sectional interest. For example ‘bullying’ or ‘hate crime’.

As George Orwell said in 1946 ““The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”(George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language”).

 

 

 

Addiction
A behaviour motivated by a psychological disorder of dependence, which causes harm.

Derivation: Environmentalists and anti-consumer activists have defined certain human behaviours as addictive to characterise them as psychologically flawed. For example, activists believe that societies reliance on fossil fuel energy is dangerous. The term ‘addicted to fossil fuels’ is used as a pejorative descriptor to insinuate that modern society is suffering from collective mental weakness.

Use: ‘We must end our addiction to fossil fuels’

Affluenza
Historically, increases in wealth were an aspiration to liberate people from the degradation of poverty. As societies experience more abundance people are freer, happier and are able to pursue new interests. The term affluenza has been invented to imply that affluence makes society ill. They mistakenly locate moral emptiness and societies lack of purpose and meaning within the creation of abundance.

Derivation: As the establishment has lost their sense of purpose and belief in human progress, the pursuit of affluence has been undermined and is conflated with moral vacuity. The hippie notions of the 1960s has enveloped the western establishment.

Note: Affluenza is a term only understood in the richer western world, not in developing and poor countries.

Use: ‘Affluenza is empty consumerism .. declare your independence from stuff!”

Artisan 
A person who believes that producing bread is somehow a skilled craft. It also sounds a bit like ‘arty’ and includes overtones of happy farmers living in villages. Which is nice.

Derivation: Shoreditch, London. Now widespread throughout heavily urban areas.

Use: A modern city centre shop which sells bread and thick sandwiches invokes an aura of rural simplicity. The subsequently inflated prices are justified by the name “Artisan Bakery”.

Authenticity
An attempt to find substantial meaning in the consumption of certain goods or the style of dress.

Derivation: The search for authenticity is an urban phenomena. It results from existential angst experienced by middle-class people with time on their hands and little sense of purpose. It is expressed through the purchase of ‘authentic’ products and services and personal presentation.

Use: “Your beard is really authentic, you look like a kind of Norwegian fisherman or a Victorian preacher. You don’t look like an office worker”.

Awareness
Awareness is the demonstration of appreciation of an ‘issue’. Awareness is counterposed to ignorance. Proponents of an ‘issue’ avoid arguing the benefits of their case by campaigning to ‘raise awareness of the issue’. The implication is that those who hold a differing point of view are wrong because of their lack of education, they are unaware.

Derivation: Awareness raising groups were originally established by feminists in the 1970s to help women re-define themselves as victims of male-domination. Women who were self-aware had successfully overcome the brain-washing of society and understood themselves as a feminist woman.

A person demonstrating ‘awareness’ can also publicly show that they care about a person or group of people who are victim of an ‘issue’.

Use: “She is not demonstrating awareness of my issues” instead of “She disagrees with me on this point”.

 

Big (Oil, pharma)

Oil companies provide the fuel and energy which benefits every aspect of modern life. ‘Big oil’ is a pejorative term used by the environmentalists to accuse the oil companies of influencing political and moral life. Although oil companies have avoided the political arguments and have acted defensively in response to the success of green lobbysists, the Greens like to portray themselves as a popular movement set against big corporations.

Derivation: The environmentalists oppose the benefits of modern urban life. They created the term ‘big oil’ to present themselves as David against Goliath. Ironically, the research grants and philanthropist Trusts fund environmental campaigns and groups.

Use: “Big oil is destroying the planet”.

Bigotry

Traditionally, a bigot was someone who demonstrated intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself. Increasingly, bigotry is used to describe the behaviour of people who question current dogma.

Derivation: The term is currently used to denounce those who hold traditional or old-fashioned views as small-minded and backward. The term is most commonly used to dismiss other people’s opinions with intolerance.

Use: “She was complaining about immigration. She is an old bigoted women”.

Bullying
Use superior strength or power to intimidate (someone), typically to force them to do something. Meaning widened.

Derivation: The term derived from intimidatory behaviour on school playgrounds.

Use: The term is now widely used to describe adult behaviour as if both the bully and the victim were children.

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Carbon Dioxide

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the currency of life and the most important building block for all life on Earth. All life is carbon-based, including our own. We are witnessing the “Greening of the Earth” as higher levels of CO2, due to human emissions from the use of fossil fuels, promote increased growth of plants around the world. Only half of the CO2 we are emitting from the use of fossil fuels is showing up in the atmosphere. The balance is going somewhere else and the best science says most of it is going into an increase in global plant biomass. And what could be wrong with that, as forests and agricultural crops become more productive?

More CO2 should be welcomed.

Derivation: The Greens have demonised CO2 because it has a direct correlation with industrial development and modern life. By labelling CO2 as a ‘pollutant’, the Greens promote policies that attack modern human life by proxy. Ironically, if plants could speakt the Greens, they would ask for more CO2.

Use: “CO2 is a pollutant and human CO2 emissions pose a threat to the planet”

Carbon footprint

The carbon footprint describes the impact made by each human on the world. It is defined by the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from the energy individuals utilise. Because energy is primarily derived from fossil fuels, which emit carbon dioxide when burned, the extent of the footprint can be measured.

Derivation: Environmentalists believe that human impact on the world is morally bad. They see human civilisation as a curse on a natural world and humanity’s transformation of the world around as destructive consumption. The carbon footprint was invented to negatively brand human impact and to quantify the damage. By inducing guilt, they hoped to persuade people to reduce their ‘carbon footprint’.

Use: “You must reduce your carbon footprint to save the planet”

Carbon neutral
Carbon neutral refers to an activity in which no net carbon dioxide is emitted. Because everything that you can see around you is dependent upon fossil fuels, and fossil fuels emit CO2, all human activity produces CO2. So, extra-ordinary measures are required to be carbon neutral. The easiest way is for a company to pay for the right to say that they are the people who use the small amount of electricity which is produced without fossil fuels. Apple does this little accounting trick.

Derivation: In the mid-2000s, companies developed corporate responsibility departments to portray a more positive image and to give themselves a little moral purpose. This coincided with lobbying on global warming. The two came together and many organisations announced that their moral purity is expressed through their aim to become carbon neutral.

Use: “Sky is committed to reducing our carbon footprint through the investment in on-site renewable energy wherever possible.”

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Charity
An organisation which works to provide help and raise money for those in need.

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Use: Campaign for societal change (replacement of political organisation) e.g. RSPCA police and OXFAM climate change

Chemical
Any basic substance that is used in or produced by a reaction involving changes to atoms or molecules. Chemicals are naturally occurring.  A chemical process can occur by itself or be caused by an outside force, and involves a chemical reaction of some sort.

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Use:Un-natural, pejorative

Climate change
Change in the regional or global weather conditions.

Derivation: Environmentalists changed the term Global Warming to the widely-applicable Climate Change during the hiatus.
Use: Man-made catastrophe

Community

Traditionally a community was defined as a group of people living in one particular place or considered as a unit because of their common interests, social group or nationality. As

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Craft (beer)

Craft beer is produced by breweries who are good at marketing. Beer is produced in the same way as all other beer is produced, but it is promoted as ‘craft’ beer because the craft brewery beers are new and, therefore, a bit smaller.

Derivation: The term ‘Craft’ was invented to differentiate it from beer produced by an ‘industrial’ process and to make it sound authentic.

Use: “The head of Camden Craft Beer Company loves hand-crafting beer for you because he is passionate about authentic craft things and hates big industry.”

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Decarbonise (the economy) 

Sounds like cleaning it is, but CO2 isn’t a pollutant

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CO2 demon gasDisempowered
A person, or group of people, who are unable to exert influence without recourse to an external agency. It is typically invoked by an agency who wishes to exert power on behalf of the disempowered group, thus enhancing the power of the new agency and creating a dependency on the new agency.

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Diversity
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Earthquake
A sudden violent shaking of the ground, typically causing great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth’s crust or volcanic action.

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Use: Minor earth tremors resulting from the use of a technology opposed by the Greens e.g. Fracking. Earthquake is used to invoke fear and terror of a harmless technology.

Empowerment

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Entitlement
The act of believing that you have a natural right to..

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Ethnicity
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European Union
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Exposed (as in “The bankers / Tories / Big Oil has been exposed)

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Fair

Unpalatbale things are ok as long as they can be described as ‘fair’.

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Use: Immigration controls can be tough, as long as they’re fair. Government spending cuts are not fair

Feminism
The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

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Use: Defining women as vulnerable in need of protection from sexism.

Free speech
The right to express opinions which are not considered offensive to those to choose to take offence on behalf of the people for whom offensive could, but wasn’t, taken.

Derivation: The unconditional right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint.

Use: ‘I believe in free speech, but..

Food miles
Food has a unique quality and can be judged by the number of miles it has travelled before it is purchased. Food transported from farmers in Africa or Asia is considered, by some, to be morally repugnant.

Derivation: Environmentalists

Use: The word is used to induce guilt amongst middle-class people when they are shopping.

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Gendered
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Greenpeace

Anti humans and not for peace

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Handmade
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Harm 

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Permanent physical injury, especially that which is deliberately inflicted.

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Use: We should be protected from the harm done by hate speech

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Hate speech

Hate speech is any form of speech whereby a ‘victim’ can claim to have suffered ‘harm’. Speech is labelled ‘hate speech’ in order for it to be suppressed.

Derivation: The term ‘hate speech’ was invented to directly link the expression of ideas to physical harm. This link justifies the repression of language deemed offensive. As there is no commonly understood definition of ‘hate speech’, any speech can be declared ‘hate speech’ if a victim claims that they have been harmed. This is often carried out by advocacy groups on behalf of potential victims.

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Home from home

The requirement for (the feeling of ‘entitlement’) a similar – if not better – standard of comfort and emotional protection in your new nest once you have left home. See also: ‘Safe Space’.

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Inclusive

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Informed

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Institutional racism or sexism

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Internalised (misogyny / racism)

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Linked (could be)

Obfuscating Fear Noun

Many things are linked to other things, but that doesn’t mean that they cause them to happen. Campaigning groups use the word ‘linked’ to scare people into supporting their cause. By issuing a report which purports to show a link between the thing they oppose and a negative health result, they draw a terrifying mental picture. What they don’t do is provide any scientific evidence that one thing causes the other.

Derivation: Whilst now common practice among health campaigners , the phrase originated from the environmentalists. Early examples include the ‘link’ between electricity pylons, nuclear power stations, pesticides and an array of chemical products and cancer clusters. All proved to be untrue. In fact, the real ‘link’ is the causative effect of economic development on the massive increase in health and life expectancy world-wide.

Use: “Using pesticides in agriculture could be linked to cancer”. “Fracking could be linked to cancer”. “Breathing could be linked to cancer”.

Leadership

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Love
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Derivation: Colloquial term widely used in Yorkshire and Lancashire to address a stranger is an endearing and familiar way. Used for both men and women

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Man flu

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Mansplaining
The dismissal of an argument put forward by a man because they are a man and, therefore, they are inherently patronising.
The argument is avoided and the man is expected to apologise for voicing an opinion and reflect on his sexist behaviour.

Derivation: Feminists to dismiss the speaker without addressing the argument.

Use: The term is used to isolate alternative viewpoints and dismiss them without addressing the argument.

Manterrupted

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Meme

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Mental illness

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Mindfullness
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Misogyny

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Nationalism
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Offended

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Personal space
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Planet (the)

‘The planet’ is a term used to describe the earth as if if is a single entity on which we must act. Activists and politicians talk of ‘defending the planet’ against human beings because they have a degraded view of humanity. Defending the planet is the last refuge of a politician who has:

a) a low view of his fellow human beings

b) wants a cause in which he believes no-one will disagree

c) knows that the planet cannot speak for itself, so s/he can represent it without fear

Derivation: US environmentalists in the 1960s viewed the planet as endangered. As an optimistic world-view of humanity has receded, defence of ‘the planet’ has replaced it.

Use: “We must defend the planet against the human cancer”

Phobic (as in Transphobic or Islamaphobic)
The depiction of an alternative viewpoint as an irrational fear and, therefore easily dismissed.
The depiction of person who holds an alternative viewpoint as mentally ill and, therefore, to be ignored or suppressed.

The term is used to isolate alternative viewpoints and dismiss them without addressing the argument.

Politics

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Politically correct

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Proactive

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Processed food

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Pollution

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Prosperity

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Use: Paul Gasgoine persecution over a poor joke

Racism 

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Reclaim (the streets / the internet)
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Reliable source

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Safe Space
The creation of an atmosphere of intolerance to certain speech or behaviours within an institution. The creation of rules to manage inter-personal relationships based on the assumption that people under unable to manage relationships independently.

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Self-hating

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Science (The)
‘The Science’ is elevated to the status of revealed truth interpreted by the high priests of Global Warming theory.
‘The Science’ is created by computer models and revealed via press releases from well-funded environmental groups.
By invoking phrase ‘The Science tells us ..’, environmentalists re-invent their political agenda into an actual law of physics.

Derivation: Believers in the coming Global Warming Apocalypse utilise large donations to engage in ‘research’ using ‘computer models’. This was named ‘The Science’.

Use: The term is used to isolate alternative viewpoints and dismiss them without putting orward an argument.

Sustainable
The description of economic under-development as morally defensible.

Derivation: Environmentalists in ’80s after opposition from African environmentalists.

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Survivor
Political noun

A survivor was an individual who outlived another or has been through a life-threatening experience and didn’t die. The meaning has been broadened to describe individuals who have experienced something traumatic and they have since defined themselves, or been defined by others, by the trauma.

Modern derivation: Traditionally, surviving meant the continuation of life, a success in over-coming potential death. Increasingly advocacy groups define a survivor as someone who needs ongoing representation or support in relation to their experience of trauma. The resilience of someone who has survived has been replaced by the victimhood of the survivor. Ongoing living of life is replaced by ongoing re-living of the trauma.

Use: “As an abuse survivor..”

Sweetheart
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Synergy

Absolutely meaningless business-speak, akin to “virtue signalling” but instead is money-speak signalling.Traditional
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Troll / Trolling / (being) trolled

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Uninformed

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Victim 

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A person harmed by the actions of another person or group of people.

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Use: Claiming to represent victims to pursue an agenda

Clever way of getting stuff you’ve not earned. Specifically excludes white working class

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Wellbeing / Wellness
Wellbeing means a never-ending striving to maintain a state beyond simple good health. The definition of health is no longer the state of not being ill, it is an unachievable goal which requires the constant advice from self-selected health experts.

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Derivation: Aristocratic and campaigning

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Orwellian” is an adjective describing a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. It denotes an attitude and a policy of manipulation and control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past. In Orwell’s time he was responding to the manipulation of language by both the Communist Parties and the establishment to mystify the truth and deceive ordinary people.

“New Orwellian” is describes the condition that is specific to the early 21st Century. “New Orwellian” language has developed in an era where the generations born in the ’60s and ’70s have shaped the western cultural environment. The belief in historical progress has dissipated and politics has lost its transformational component. Our understanding of the world is being shaped by people who have little faith in fellow human beings. The way we communicate is being confused by sectional interest groups who have no interest in clarification and truth. Our language is becoming narrowed

New Orwellian words:
Words are increasingly used to hide the pursuit of sectional interests, to establish dogma and to give the appearance of common-sense for something which is highly contested. Words and phrases are used to avoid the presentation of clear understanding or argument. Meaning is sometimes obscured because there is a lack of understanding, but more frequently it is simply to avoid clarity and evade the exploration of truth.

New Orwellian phrases:
Groups pursuing specific agendas use terms that describe something general to advance their sectional and specific interests. Phrases are created by self-selected experts to win compliance. Phrases  are then injected into the public discourse to convey an idea that is difficult to challenge. No-one has been won over to a specific point of view, but any opponents are neutralised and isolated. By making opponents appear ignorant and unreasonable, the phrase gains compliance and a reluctant acceptance. New Orwellian terms are also malleable. This avoids the requirement for clear justification.

Unorganised notes and suggestions

Appropriate – don’t explain what is wrong, just that it contravenes dogma

Dogma – not used – replaced by ‘consensus’

Consensus – handpicked experts who agree with you

Europe – mistakenly used to describe the EU

Consultation

Politics – used to mean .. Now used as a pejorative term to describe

the pursuit of personal interests

enduring; surfaced; leverage; legacy, Passionate (as in every company is passionate about whatever it is they do, like making sarnies).Hand-dived scallops, race, masculinities (note the plural),  problematic, . xxx-phobic.  handmade. bullying inclusive. community. institutional xxx-ism.  social media-driven. stereotype. economic migrant. elitist. intrusive.. constructive dialogue, Moderate, Extremist, We’re All In This Together, Empowerment’, ‘giving someone a voice’ (all variations on telling people what to think), Wellness.
…challenged.
Enabling.
Stereotype. Economic migrant. Elitist. Intrusive.
Balanced. Trolling. Respect. free-bled, period awareness,


“internalised misogyny” – women who criticise feminists
“society” – a shared living space / shared proxomity

“partisanship” OR “impartiality” OR “compromise” – willingness to consider the abject worst thing or route of logic possible
“innovation/innovative” – ability to conform to a business setting
“hybrid” – gaining longevity from an already outdated product by splicing it into a newer one to pass off the illusion that the idea is new or worth reproducing- and in turn achieving a longer tenure and business return from an outdated idea.

Elite

Actual meaning:
A select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society.

Activist
An activist is genera person who believes in a social cause or a cause which they believe to ‘political’. Activists are ‘active’ in proposing their viewpoint. Their activism ranges from public protests designed for media attention or tweeting and posting messages on Facebook. Projecting moral worth and signalling virtue is an increasingly important activity for activists.

Derivation: HistoiUsed to be someone who believed in political change. Meaning has changed.

Use: She is an activist and has 200 followers.

OMED description:
A self-selected group who thinks that they are superior to those who do not share their viewpoint and values. The elite build organisations to protect their un-earned position in society.

© Andy Shaw 28th May 2016

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