[Ads-l] extremist-adjacent

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 31 16:57:26 UTC 2021

Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Deadline White House, MSNBC:
> "How sort of extremist-adjacent some of [the members of Congress] were."
> Another one of those lexicosyntactical shortcuts. Cf. "food-insecure,"
> "shovel-ready," etc.

I have seen this construct: 'group'-adjacent for a few years. Here are
two examples from twitter in 2016: "alt-right adjacent" and "SJW

Timestamp: 7:38 PM · Aug 26, 2016
Twitter handle: WhatHasDonaldDoneNow @GetToKnowDonald
[Begin excerpt]
www.gettoknowdonaldtrump.trumperism. Lunatics take over the asylum.
Lifelong GOP wz always alt-right adjacent #CTL
[End excerpt]

Timestamp: 3:28 AM · Oct 9, 2016
Twitter handle: Action Economist @HatredIsMyMuse
[Begin excerpt]
some of the people doing this are SJW adjacent
[End excerpt]

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