Evolution of language

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    It’s interesting to note how certain words come in and out of fashion.   One word I’ve started to see creep into  comments  that appear under newspaper articles, is “woke”.       It seems to appear mainly in response to political articles.    I had not seen or heard it before, except for use as past tense of “wake”.

    WOKE:

    “alert to injustice in society, especially racism.”

    (Dictionary.com)

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    “”The new sense of ‘woke’ is gaining popularity

    Update: This word was added in September 2017.
    If you frequent social media, you may well have seen posts or tweets about current events that are tagged #staywoke. Woke is a slang term that is easing into the mainstream from some varieties of a dialect called African American Vernacular English (sometimes called AAVE). In AAVE, awake is often rendered as woke, as in, “I was sleeping, but now I’m woke.”

     

    ‘Woke’ is increasingly used as a byword for social awareness.””

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/woke-meaning-origin

     

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