[Ads-l] elite, n.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 25 17:20:05 UTC 2015


I can't say I've ever heard the term used in the singular, e.g. "She's an
elite."  It's always "the elites" (people more often than institutions) who
are screwing up America.

A "elitist," of course, isn't the same thing.

JL

On Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 8:16 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

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> It used to be the "effete East".=C2=A0 Is it now the "elite East"?=C2=A0
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> nd "the press" is Eastern -- I'm sure the speaker was thinking of The New
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> ork Times and the Washington Post.)
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> Joel
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> Surely we're familiar with the relatively recent right-wing populist use of
> "elites" as a disparaging term.=C2=A0 OED isn't.
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> I find a useful citation I jotted on a scrap of paper within the past three
> or four months. It comes from a recent TV show, though I can't say
> precisely what:
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> "The elites - the press, Harvard, the East Coast establishment."
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> JL
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> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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