29 October 2012

Word of the day - "monger"

A dealer or trader in a commodity. The Random House Dictionary states the ultimate origin is from the Latin "mango", meaning .... salesman! ["Death of a mango?"]

"Monger" was once used as a verb, but it now is typically only employed as the second element of compound words. My OED says examples of such formations are "unlimited", with examples beginning in the 13th century: hay-mongers, holy-water mongers, insect-mongers (?) etc. The most familiar would likely be cheesemonger, costermonger (fruit/veggies), fishmonger, ironmonger, and whoremonger.

As the last-named example suggests, the OED notes that from the 16th century onward, the term nearly always carries the implication of a petty, disreputable, or comtemptible trade in the material - as in the modern "rumor-monger" "gossip-monger" and "scandal-monger."

Here is a costermonger:



...and there is a fearmonger at the end of this brief [2008] video:


Reposted from 2008 to add this even-more-extreme political video -


- created by Winning Our Future (a SuperPAC).  The video mixes homophobia and a generous dose of xenophobia into their apocalyptic vision.  It has excellent production values and nicely defines "fearmongering."

14 comments:

  1. I do not see all opposition as xenophobia. Many of the Mid-East understand the need for cultural preservation, and resistence. As do i, as a reactionary of the West.

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    1. It was certainly a xenophobic video, and racist on top of that. Notice the complete random and context-less footage of black guys fighting. The underlying message (to whites) is clear: Obama's wild black gangs of men will be loose and fighting in the streets...

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  2. Wow, disgusting propaganda that would make Goebbels blush.
    It's also funny that there are real problems with Obama when it comes to policy making and not one of them (apart from Bernanke) was even alluded to, and even that reference would be for the wrong reasons. Pretty much everything else is easily debunked. I weep for Americans stupid enough to believe that Presidents control oil prices....or that gas immediately becomes cheap if you start building a refinery that comes on line many years after construction starts...

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    1. Steve you obviously know what your talking about.. RESEARCH RICHARD NIXON BOHEMIAN GROVE INTERVIEW...

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  3. More specifically, in Latin "mango" had a very negative connotation. The word was used to describe a dishonest salesman, a swindler (Pliny the Elder) or a slave trader (Seneca)... Relevant? Maybe.

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  4. Nothing better than a mango monger

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/scraggot/6417467753/

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    1. If only the photograph had been taken in Munger...

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munger

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    2. Or in a manger.
      Funny; as soon as I typed that, I realized that the English word manger no doubt derives from the same word in French - manger - meaning to eat.

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  5. If you think that gas prices are high now, just wait until President Romney attacks Iran! They'd cut the Straits of Hormuz, and gas prices would go through the roof! And they think that the next four years under Obama would be bad?

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  6. My father-in-law is seriously worried about post-election riots, due to the flavor of "news" he prefers to ingest.

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    1. You mean "light, not filling!" news?

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    2. I think she means "Fair and Balanced" news, aka Fox News.

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