Uncle Josh coins a neologism

Erin McKean told us to make up new words, and tonight I have done just that.

Isting. (verb): To declare, without provocation, something as racist, sexist, ageist, or some other disparaging term, in order to sound superior.

To ist is to be, by definition, pompous without cause.

For example, the sentence “Anita Sarkeesian is really sexist because she doesn’t consider the value of the male gaze” is isting in a most egregious manner.

A less serious example is to call Dogs Playing Poker as specist (or petist) because everyone knows cats are better bluffers.

The word needs to exist and its purpose is to mock, diminish, and ultimately dismiss false outrage. Suggested usage is alliterative: Why should we waste bandwidth on another isting idiot?



About Uncle Josh

I am a genre writer from the Great Metropolitan Rain Forest.

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