…from the quill of Antisthenes
The words, they are a’changin’. Formerly glorious description – “independent” – became a term of opprobrium thanks to The Honourable Oakeshott MP and The Honourable Windsor MPs’ disgraceful betrayal of their voters. Of course, the word “Honourable” itself became a sarcastic sobriquet.
“Gay”, formerly an adjective meaning “light-hearted and care-free, mirthful, brightly coloured, showy, brilliant” is now a noun describing a bitter homosexual, a member of 2.5% of the population. The now archaic meaning “dissolute, immoral” some may again consider appropriate.
The original meaning of the word “hoi polloi” – the people, a majority in the Greek democracy, is now long forgotten and is used to smear people who are unwilling to accept the “wisdom” of their self appointed “betters” – academics, journalists, politicians and other assorted successful thieves.
“Bolsheviks” were in fact a minority, just as today’s pretenders who would be lucky to get together 0.09% while claiming to be 99% of the world’s population. By the way, I read somewhere that in order to qualify for that despicable 1% of the world you only have to earn more than US$38,000 p.a. With the inflation even I might become a part of the elite.
We are no longer citizens, but punters. We are called voters only close to close elections. If we happen to vote against them, we are a mob. “Mums and dads, working families, aussie battlers” and all that means mugs.
The descendants of slaves exported by African Muslims to America were called, because of their skin colour, consecutively niggers, negroes and blacks. I recall the time not so long ago when “black was beautiful”. Then the social engineers (in Moscow?) decided that this is also insulting and came up with an imbecile label “african-american”. Naturally, all this is done in order to destroy the black peoples’ self-esteem so that they can be manipulated towards the socialist ends. How would you like to be a member of a group which has to rename itself every decade or so because somebody totally outside your group, but in the charge of media, decided that your previous name is disrespectful to you? You may get so confused that you end up voting for a descendant of a Kenyan slave hunter.
In gore’s and flannery’s world “carbon dioxide” = “carbon” = “carbon pollution”. One could scream, except the screamer would firstly, not be heard and secondly, if loud and prominent enough she or he would be branded a sceptic, racist, islamophobe, denialist, democrat, Nazi, populist, homophobe, sinophobe, redneck, sorosphobe … But strangely, or perhaps not so strangely not an anti-semite any more, because, thanks to The Guardian in UK, The New York Times in USA, the Greensparty and The Age in Australia, just to mention the avant-garde “forward” few, anything anti-Jew is increasingly acceptable.
This Orwellian semantic is overwhelmingly coming from the Left because they know and had always known that only by changing the established meaning of words they have any hope in any political, moral or economic discourse. The taxpayers’ money down the drain is called “stimulus”. By saying “quantitative easing” instead of “printing money till cows come home” the socialist rulers can confuse the innumerate public somewhat, and certainly appease contemporary journalists who, almost by definition, can’t comprehend the meaning of ordinary English words. (This is not exaggeration – try to read Michelle Grattan or, if you feel sufficiently masochistic, listen to that Marxist relic Laurie Oakes, yes, that one who had his toilets cleaned by Kevin Rudd, or maybe still has)
On top of that, politically correct judges like Bromberg and numerous “Human” rights and “Anti-discrimination” commissars divine meaning of a word according to their ideology. And if a socialist politician (say Gillard) does not know the correct meaning of the word, her Emily list sisters in charge of our dictionaries will obediently change it to suit, just as envisaged by George Orwell in “1984”.
Which brings me to another word – “macquiring”– changing the meaning of the words to suit the uneducated, but politically correct masters. Oh, I’m feelin’ blue…