[FoRK] why is "elite" a dirty word?
corinna.schultz at gmail.com
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Thu Mar 16 05:42:56 PST 2006
OK, I understand why "liberal" is an epithet, as in "tax and spend liberal".
can connote permissiveness, looseness, etc. But why the word "elite"?
I've always had positive connotations with that word -- such as success,
competence, being in 1st place -- and I find it jarring when it is used in a
demeaning manner. Who are they referring to when they say "elite" in this
way? Here's an example:
"I'm waiting to hear the words 'I was wrong' from some of the world's most
elite journalists, politicians and Hollywood types...."
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