Tag: boycott

Columbus takes possession of land

Update: what happened to ‘columbusing’?

Those who keep an eye on the world of viral humour videos doubtless remember the verbing of columbus in a video for the website College Humor in July last year, which defined the term as ‘to discover (something) for white people’. We thought we would look a little bit deeper at this coinage, and how […]

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The word boycott is of more recent origin than you might think.

What is the origin of ‘boycott’?

Despite being such an influential social and political term, boycott is of more recent vintage than many people realize. The word, which can be used as either a noun or a verb, refers to the practice of ‘withdrawing from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest’. Boycott […]

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100 dollar bill

Eponymous English: from Benjamins and John Hancocks to boycotts and Draping?

We all strive to leave a legacy. We remember history’s greats through plaques and monuments, books and movies, songs and works of art. Another (often overlooked) way we pay homage to people of the past is through language. We might name a place, a theorem, or even a disease after the person who first visited […]

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