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When the rich turn the middle class against the poor

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Topic: 3) When the rich turn the middle class against the poor (1 of 10), Read 148 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 1998 12:51 PM

Robert B. White, of Cullowhee, N.C., writes: "In his book Locked in the Cabinet, Robert Reich quotes President Clinton: 'But the wealthy and the powerful are once again trying to persuade the middle class that their enemy is the poor ...' The President is talking about a social process that is so common that there ought to be a short noun or a short verb for it. What do you suggest?"

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Topic: 3) When the rich turn the middle class against the poor (2 of 10), Read 135 times
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From: Andrew Nicoll (anicoll@sol.co.uk)
Date: Thursday, November 19, 1998 06:54 AM

How amazing that you don't know this word. Everybody in the UK would recognise this as the verb "to Thatcher''.

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Topic: 3) When the rich turn the middle class against the poor (3 of 10), Read 142 times
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From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Thursday, November 19, 1998 09:04 AM

But of course there are differences in UK and US usage. I suppose our version should be "to Reagan"?

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Topic: 3) When the rich turn the middle class against the poor (4 of 10), Read 87 times
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From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Sunday, November 22, 1998 12:59 PM

>I suppose our version
>should be "to Reagan"?

I like this; it gives the image of someone getting zapped.




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Topic: 3) When the rich turn the middle class against the poor (5 of 10), Read 81 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Gregory Alan Bolcer (gbolcer@endeavors.org)
Date: Monday, November 23, 1998 02:30 PM

Robbed and Hooded.

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Topic: 3) When the rich turn the middle class against the poor (6 of 10), Read 81 times
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From: Jason Taniguchi (jasont@ccp.ca)
Date: Monday, November 23, 1998 06:06 PM

From the Toronto Serial Diners Collective:
Sorry if this doesn't mean much to you, but for the record, the Canadian equivalent of "to Thatcher" or "to Reagan" would definiely be "to Mulrone" (from Mulroney, of course). The current Ontario equivalent is, appropriately, "to Harrass" (from conservative premier Mike Harris).

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Topic: 3) When the rich turn the middle class against the poor (7 of 10), Read 47 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Harry Flashman (hflashman@aol.com)
Date: Friday, November 27, 1998 02:01 PM

How about a word that already exists? When the rich turn the middle classes against the poor, they create bourgeiosie.

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Topic: 3) When the rich turn the middle class against the poor (8 of 10), Read 32 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Sunday, November 29, 1998 04:31 PM

I'm all in favor of words that already exist, but if we want this idea to be represented by *one* word, we'll need to turn "bourgeois" into a verb ...

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Topic: 3) When the rich turn the middle class against the poor (9 of 10), Read 33 times
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From: Harry Flashman (hflashman@aol.com)
Date: Sunday, November 29, 1998 05:59 PM

Why not do it? Bourgeois writers and speakers did it with with various forms of the word "impact" and some other words that I can't bring to mind just now. It would be a verb that fits them with abundant perfection.

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Topic: 3) When the rich turn the middle class against the poor (10 of 10), Read 19 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Beverly Moore (sieghi@yahoo.com)
Date: Monday, November 30, 1998 06:41 PM

I believe "pauvresse oblige" is the outcome of the verb action you describe. It is the insinuated faith nurtured in the middle class by the more affluent that the poor owe the world the unforgivable offense of their presence. In this way, they provide an eternal and justifiable compost for any further responsibility the rest of us may feel.


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