Before the Clock Strikes Thirteen: The Language Thread
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I discovered a great new-to-me word in Zadie Smith's essay collection:
Velleity: the lowest degree of volition, a slight wish or tendency. A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action.
Reminds me of an awful lot of people I know these days.
As in, I wish my house was cleaner, but not enough to actually get out the vaccuum?
That's practically a life philosophy for me!
12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms
Oh, dear, I must be a fossil, too, as I use many of those words on a regular basis!
Stress on the AN(ti)--that's what a guy said in a Democracy Now video. Ah, I think it was this one: Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets
Same as in "antifascist" but cutting off "scist".
P.S. If you watch the video, note that Amy Goodman mispronounces it until this guy answers.
To the best of my understanding, the word does not denote a unified, centrally organised movement, it's just a blanket term for everyone protesting the fascists. I would much prefer it if everyone stuck to the ordinary "antifascists" when general references are being made, but the irritating abbreviation seems to have caught on. "Antifa" sounds too much like a name for a specific organisation and it's no wonder people are confused.
And of course the right portrays them as anarchist assholes. That information is worth about what you paid for it.
Personally, I don't give a fuck about how the right defines anything; general American culture's intense right-wing slant is bad enough in twisting perceptions.
You mean "antifa", right? Fwiw, I don't remember ever seeing it before (and I'm a card-carrying descendant of three generations of card-carrying antifascists), that's why I too thought at first it was some specific group.
Antifascism by that term of course came into existence in Italy with the emergence of fascists.