Hi!PITY the poor word “elite,” which simply means “the best” as an adjective and “the best of a group” as a noun. What was once an accolade has turned poisonous in American public life over the past 40 years, as both the left and the right have twisted it into a code word meaning “not one of us.” But the newest and most ominous wrinkle in the denigration of all things elite is that the slur is being applied to knowledge itself.
Q1: Does "wrinkle" mean the following explanation?
wrinkle - definition of wrinkle from YourDictionary.comwrin·kle
Informal a clever or novel trick, idea, or device
Q2: Is the below sentence made myself with " wrinkle" about this connotation correct?
e.g. The wrinkle of traveling to the Mars is not a daydream any more since American scientists have landed on it recently.
Thanks in advance!
"Wrinkle" as an "idea" took me aback, to be honest.
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Banderas, thank you very much! I got it.
You are reading some heavy-duty writing, there, daffodils.
Are you really getting it? Without living in the cutlure in which "the left" and "the right" are constantly positioning themselves as "the good guys," you are really at a disadvantage. A lot of your trouble will come more from not being surrounded by this culture, and not with your grasp of English.
(Not that the author asked me, but my problem with the people who are termed "the elite" (in the sense he is writing about) is that they THINK they are so much smarter/better/more able to make decisions about me than I am. It applies to both sides of the political spectrum. I'd never say someone with a great deal of knowledge is elite (in the negative sense described in this article) simply because they had the knowledge. I would use that term if that person then acted as though I was too uniformed or stupd to have a say in the things that affect my life.)
Thanks for your good comment!
Spot on. Some hurdles spring up due to the lack knowledge of relevant cultural or historic background, but not language per se. A language is part and parcel of its culture. I manage to glean them. I think the more I read, the more I am getting familiar. I not only focus on language but hope to learn what Westerners think, eg. emotions, attitude.
I don't really understand the article the columnist wrote. It elaborated how "elite" became a negative word for Americans. I am quite interested in this article because it is also a negative word in Chinese BBSs now. But " elite" in Mandarin doesn't exactly equal to the connotations of its in English.
I wouldn't like to discuss politics too much here too since it is prone to be controversial.
Have a good one!