[LMB] OT: Language changes

Peter Hews Peterhews at protonmail.com
Sun Sep 19 09:32:59 BST 2021

On Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 at 15:43, Elizabeth Holden <alzurite at gmail.com> wrote:

> In my student days, I found a word
> that means "the process by which every political movement becomes the
> opposite of itself". It was a great word. I wrote it down. But that was
> decades ago, and I've forgotten the word, and I've been looking for it ever
> since.

My student days were probably not far from yours, but the closest term I can find in my memory is the Discordian's "Tar-Baby principle," which states that you become attached to what you fight.

> I suspect in the wide world out there, not many people read dictionaries
> for fun. I suspect in this group, more of us do than in most population
> samples.

I also read the thesaurus for fun.

Peter Hews

Oh better far to live and die under the brave black flag I fly,
Than play a sanctimonious part with a pirate head and a pirate heart.

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