Thursday, November 01, 2007

Pinko-commies!

A word that wouldn't make the list if it were not for the second sense listed. I find it interesting that it originated the way it did and now the word may not have the same function except in an historical sense. Or perhaps it would be used in the same sense for modern repressive regimes like Iran, Cuba, etc?

Æsopic, a.

1. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Æsop, a semi-legendary Greek fabulist of the sixth century B.C. Hence Æsopism, an Æsopic characteristic.

2. spec. In relation to Russian and (Soviet) Communist literature [Russ. ezopovskiĭ, first so used by M.E. Saltykov-Shchedrin, Unfinished Conversations (1875) iv.; cf. Lenin Party Organization & Party Lit. in Novaya Zhizn´ (1905) 13 Nov.]: using a style or language that has hidden or ambiguous meaning, esp. as a device to disguise dissident political writing in allegorical form and so avoid official censorship. Cf. ÆSOPIAN a. 2.

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