“Xenophobia” Awarded “Word of the Year” but Liberals Still Use it Incorrectly!

First the non-news. Dictionary.com released a statement this morning noting that its 2016 Word of the Year was xenophobia, which it helpfully explains “finds its roots in two Greek words, xénos meaning “stranger, guest,” and phóbos meaning “fear, panic.”

Examples of xenophobia, the press release further indicates, are Brexit (the UK vote to leave the European Union as the result of a much-debated referendum) and “hate crimes” in general — which seems to contract the website’s own definition: While hate and fear might be grouped together as negative emotions, the words mean radically different things. (As an illustration consider the two sentences “I hate spinach” and “I fear spinach.”)

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Now that this word has become more prominent than ever, maybe the Left — which fancies itself to be more cerebral than the Right — can learn the actual meaning. The problem is illustrated in an another release, this one by The Leadership Conference titled “Hate Knows No Borders.”


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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy is the Editor of LibertyUnyielding. He has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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