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

Geoffrey Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Tue Jan 5 23:38:40 UTC 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.'


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
geoffnathan at wayne.edu

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list