Wondrous Words Wednesday
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I came across several new words in BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
1. agitprop – “My professor, Linda Heywood, was slight and bespectacled, spoke with a high Trinidadian lilt that she employed like a hammer against young men like me who confused agitprop with hard study.”
Agitprop is a noun that means political propaganda, especially in art or literature.
2. dap – “But I know that I had love for this boy, Prince Jones, which is to say that I would smile whenever I saw him, for I felt warmth when I was around him and was slightly sad when the time came to trade dap and for one of us to go.”
According to Urban Dictionary, dap means to knock fists together as a greeting or form or respect. I’ve seen people do this plenty of times but had no idea that’s what it’s called.
2. carceral – “The abuses that have followed from these policies — the sprawling carceral state, the random detention of black people, the torture of suspects — are the product of democratic will.”
I should have been able to figure this word out. Carceral means of, relating to, or suggesting a jail or prison.
What words do you want to celebrate today?