[Ads-l] woke, stay woke (was Jidori - 2009 TM, 2011 use)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 20 04:31:02 EDT 2016

On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 12:22 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:

> The article immediately below contains an interesting analysis of the
> history of "woke/stay woke" with pointers to song lyrics and twitter
> messages.
> Timestamp: 01/08/16 2:57 PM
> Article: How ‘woke’ went from black activist watchword to teen internet
> slang
> Author: Charles Pulliam-Moore
> http://fusion.net/story/252567/stay-woke/
> Here is another article:
> Date: January 11, 2016
> Article: What Does "Woke" Mean? There's More To The Slang Term Than You
> Think
> Author: Maddy Foley
> http://www.bustle.com/articles/134893-what-does-woke-mean-theres-more-to-the-slang-term-than-you-think
> Urban Dictionary has entries, but they are rather late:
> http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=woke
> http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=stay+woke
> On Thu, May 19, 2016 at 11:33 PM, Theresa Fisher
> <fisher.theresa at gmail.com> wrote:
> > For a news piece, I was wondering if anyone has thoughts on the emergence
> > and use of "woke" as a slang term for aware. Here's an example, from an
> > movie review: "A brief conversation with the Kappas makes Teddy realize
> > just how misogynist the parties he threw in college were. Newly *woke*,
> he
> > decides to advise the sorority."
> >
> > Some version of awake (maybe not "woke") seems like a natural way of
> > expressing awareness (social, cultural, literal). Any insight
> appreciated.

The oldest example in the Indo-European languages is probably the case of
the _Buddha_.

>From Pali _buddha_ ‎"awakened, enlightened," from Sanskrit बुद्ध ‎_buddha_,
"awakened, enlightened," past participle of बोधति ‎_bodhati_, "wake,"
ultimately from Proto-Indo-European root, *bʰewdʰ- ‎"to be awake, aware"
[or something like that, possibly - WG], whence also English _bid_ and

Cf. also Russian _budit'_, "wake up," _budit, -a, -o_ "awake," _buditel,
budil'nik_ "alarm clock," the "quicker waker-upper," as it were.

But why not _woke_, given that that is the equivalent of _awakened_ in the
dialect under discussion?
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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