Saturday, October 8, 2016
Cooperate . . . or else!
As a place marker, I've considered that the century now passed was a century of 'tele' words (telegraph, television, etc), while the present century is one of co- words (community, co-operation, conspiracy, etc).
Now, of course as that Save the Hyphen! essay pointed out, I think, a key co-word is co-option . . . and, then, pejoration.
Capitalism, for example,works hard to chasnge the meaning of co-operation into, first cooperation and then to use that term in a coercive sense:
- (As in 'Your cooperation is appreciated' = comply . . . or else!)
Thus a co-op becomes a coop - a place for dreams to fly being co-opted and pejorated into a prison of complince (as all prisons are . . .).
As I said, it's co-operation or co-option!
So, buy old paper editions of dictionaries !
The two images are from:
Also see http://grammar.about.com/od/pq/g/pejorterm.htm