Woke Crossover Words

In my previous post I started trying to explain an enigma. How could the CSJ perspective be so successful at spreading, while the uninitiated often don't even notice its spread, and when they do, it's often too late. In that post I talked of the importance of woke dog whistle terms (woke dog whistles). In this post, I discuss another reason; woke crossover words.

Woke crossover words are related to woke dog whistles. Woke dog whistles are used as dog whistles because they are innocuous and can hide in plain sight. They're innocuous because their woke meaning is camouflaged by the use of crossover words. Crossover words have multiple meanings. One meaning is its commonplace definition (like you might find in a dictionary). The other meaning is the woke definition. Crossover words have three characteristics.

First, the words are common and non-technical sounding. They are rarely words outside of the grasp and use of most people who interact with the woke. In my previous post, I discussed the word "critical," but words like "racism," "equity," "diversity," and "intersection" are typical crossover words used in common parlance. Less common and more technical words like (random example) "hermeneutics" are rarely redefined.

Second, their usual (commonplace) definitions are well-understood and believed to be commonly accepted. The uninitiated, when they hear "critical," "diversity" or "intersection" have pretty clear definitions in their minds of these words, and they won't be concerned about their meaning because their definitions are typically thought to be clear; to themselves and to everyone else. The woke definitions of these words are, however, very and radically different. Crossover words are non-technical intentionally so that it is not necessary to have discussions about their definition. This, as we'll see in the wokecraft posts, allows terms to serve as Trojan Horses.

Third, crossover words often sound "nice." If there are two words that describe the same concept, the nicer sounding word will be used. That is why we often see "inclusion," but not normally "exclusion" used as a crossover word. This is useful because it makes it difficult to question their meaning. This is what makes the combination of crossover words and the Reverse Motte & Bailey Trojan Horse tactic particularly effective.

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