[Ads-l] the elite

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 26 11:51:05 UTC 2015

OED has no entry for this popular U.S. political snarl word, which has been
around for quote a while.

An interviewee on last night's CNN special on "The Seventies" characterized
"the elites" of the day as "Harvard, the press, the East Coast

The usual phrase is "the liberal elites."  At least I've never heard of any
"conservative elites," even though they're just as wealthy, educated,
influential, and "elite" in (sort of) the older sense.

I have also heard the singular applied to an individual, though only, I
think, in the past several years: "She is just another elite."


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