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It’s another Weekly Word Watch — and another week of words addressing some of the biggest themes of our times. We’ve got the politics of identity and the identity of politics in this batch, with some conspicuous consumption and social media thrown in for good measure. Sex and gender Behind many of the terms we’ve […]more
Short for ‘anti-fascist’, the word Antifa has had an unusual rise to prominence in the course of 2017. It refers, in essence, to anyone or anything opposed to fascism but is most typically used to refer to militant activists who have appeared at rallies and events across the United States to protest the racist and […]more
Today, many millions of citizens of the United States will engage in a number of rituals all centered on the marking of a historic event that occurred almost two hundred and fifty years ago – namely, the ratification by the Second Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence (not the voting that passed that document, […]more