Thursday, November 24, 2011
Rush Limbaugh Makes the "Hot Word of the Day" on Dictionary.com* and Unfairly Labels Limbaugh a Racist
By Nicholas Contompasis
I signed up for "A Word A Day" on dictionary.com*. Everyday they shoot out a new word and meaning to help broaden your vocabulary.
Well, I got today's word and followed the word back to the Dictionary website where there was an article alongside the word of the day.
I have included this short article below and found it interesting how they blatantly labeled Rush Limbaugh a racist for describing the First Lady Michelle Obama, as "uppity-ish" on his radio show the other day, which I heard live.
In defense of Mr. Limbaugh it appears that the Liberal smear machine is everywhere and takes every opportunity to attack anyone from the Right, which I'm proud to be a part of.
The use of words is an art and Mr. Limbaugh is without a doubt a Picasso. I've been listening to him since his Sacramento days, 24 years ago, and he is no racist. This smear article to influence the general public, that may have never heard of him, is going too far for a mundane website like dictionary.com*.
"Today the word “uppity” rose to number seven on Google’s list of extremely popular searches. The reason? Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh referred to First Lady Michelle Obama as “uppity-ish.” Specifically, Limbaugh was discussing a Nascar rally on Sunday the 20th where Michelle Obama was booed by the crowd. Limbaugh said he believed the crowd was upset because “They understand it’s a little bit of uppity-ism.”
Not only are record numbers of people searching for the word, but the media has been discussing Limbaugh’s particular word choice. Both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, for example, have run stories on the incident.
Why does this particular word cause such a response? Unlike its synonym arrogant, the word uppity has a uniquely loaded racial history. It was first used in 1880 in a song called “Uncle Remus” to refer to black Americans who were being too self-assertive or stepping out of their so-called place. Back in 2008, when a Georgia senator referred to Obama as “uppity” it also caused quite a ruckus. It was discussed in USA Today, on NPR and of course across the blogosphere.
Our goal is always definition, explanation and education. We hope you find this additional history of the controversial word helpful. Because of the highly charged emotions and issues surrounding this topic, we will not be allowing comments on this Hot Word post."
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