Wednesday, July 01, 2020

In other words, present and accounted for

  • ambiate, verb, transitive. To aspire to have; to desire strongly, be ambitious for.
  • autofiction, noun. Writing that merges and violates the boundaries of autobiography and fiction.
  • cancel culture, noun. The popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something deemed objectionable or offensive. (Often accomplished through social media in the form of group shaming.)
  • catfishing, noun. Luring into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona; t construct false identities online and lure other people into continued messaging correspondence.
  • dox, verb. To search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.
  • gaslight, verb. To manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity (From George Cukor’s 1944 film Gaslight, where a man attempts to convince his wife that she’s mad in order to have her committed to an insane asylum).
  • gaslighting, noun. A form of psychological manipulation. 
  • kvetch, verb, intransitive. To criticize or complain a great deal. Frequently with “about.”
  • manners-painting, adjective. Of a writer, a work of literature, etc.: concerned with or skilled in the depiction of contemporary manners, habits, etc.
  • pars pro toto, noun. A part or aspect of something taken as representative of the whole.
  • simi-dimi, noun. Elaborate or meaningless ritual; superstition; mumbo-jumbo. Also: fuss, rigmarole.
  • slacktivism, noun. Actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk.
  • woke, adjective. Roused to political self-awareness; well-informed in a “social justice” context.
  • wokescold, noun. A person who is woke and scolds others who are not. 
  • wokescold, verb. The act of scolding in the name of wokeness. A neologism = woke (“well-informed in a social justice context”) +‎ scold (“to rebuke angrily”).
  • Zeitgeist, noun (German). The spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.

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