Lexicon Valley

Defund Karen

On the insults, acronyms, and sloganeering of America’s racial reckoning.

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Episode Notes

Certain words, phrases, and even acronyms have become especially prominent in the current conversation around racial justice and police brutality. You may have noticed, for example, that both BIPOC and defund have gained currency. Meanwhile, Karen has emerged as a pejorative moniker for an unwoke, middle-aged white lady who wants very much to speak to the manager. John has thoughts about all of them.

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.

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If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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