[Ads-l] New to me: 'kayfabe'

Geoffrey Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Tue Jan 5 18:38:40 EST 2021


Just learned a new word. From an article on Slate about how tomorrow's Senate
process is likely to unfold I found the following:

'More than a dozen Republican senators have said
they will sign on to various objections,
promising to make this year's electoral count a spectacle of kayfabe sedition.'

https://bit.ly/2Xe1HOq

According to Wikipedia, 'kayfabe' means the kind of scripted 'fight' seen in professional
wrestling, where the outcomes are predestined and the 'fighters' remain in
character, even outside of the ring while entertaining fans.

Geoffrey S. Nathan
WSU Information Privacy Officer (Retired)
Emeritus Professor, Linguistics Program
https://clasprofiles.wayne.edu/profile/an6993
geoffnathan at wayne.edu


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