Foreigners and the Danger of Regarding “Others” as Enemies

The word foreigner is in the news these days more than it should be. Our fallen soldiers fought for freedom and the rule of law. They would be turning over in their graves if they knew what Donald Trump was doing.

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The word foreigner is in the news these days more than it should be. When Donald Trump called president Obama a foreigner, it aroused a sense of fear inside a decent percentage of Americans, a feeling that maybe foreigners were taking over our government. Trump’s fear-mongering expanded to include Mexicans and people of Islamic faith. But where is the fear of others in Trump supporters when it comes to Russia? 

Most US citizens consider Russia as a hostile foreign power, and its very suspicious that Russians are not touted as foreigners by Donald Trump. It seems, if Trump can make a buck with a foreigner he thinks they should be OK with all of us. I don’t get that. Most don’t get it. But so far, Trump supporters, including his GOP stooges, seem mostly okay if Russia influences our elections, policies and decisions here. And frankly, our fallen soldiers fought for freedom and the rule of law. They would be turning over in their graves if they knew what Donald Trump was doing – and so would our founding fathers. foreign

I like to use word history (etymology) to see if it can inform us in our daily lives. So today I ask, what was the first meaning of the word foreign?  

The way I figure foreign out is by dissecting foreign into its two basic parts. (fo+reign) The word reign should jump out of you. Reign is a regal/ruler kind of word.  That leaves fo- as a prefix syllable, which refers to foe.  Enemy of the king is clearly what a foreigner first described. Foreign was not a geographical word but a political word! Interesting right there. 

Notice how foreigner does not describe a foe of the people, but an enemy of the king or ruler, the one who reigns. And this is what is so dangerous about this word foreigner. There are now over 200 countries on planet earth. If rulers continue to sell the idea that folks from other countries are enemies, we could have 200 countries with 7 billion people who consider the vast majority of the people on earth outside of their own nation, to be their enemies. Couple that with the kind of weapons we have today, and you have a recipe for the end of civilization as we know it.

This is particularly sad because before 911, the world was trending towards a spirit of tolerance and understanding of others. The global celebration at Y2K certainly allowed a sense of global citizenry to peek its way onto the stage of the foreseeable future. But it was a false Messiah. The unity never really happened and then the banking crisis of 2008 exaggerated the general income gap between rich and poor. And that felt nothing like a brotherhood of man. Corporate greed was and is still in control on planet earth. 

Comparing the distrust level between nations in the WW2 era to 2001, there is no doubt that we had been trending towards more trust between peoples of “foreign” nations. That became more apparent during the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements. And yes, Obama shut that down. 

But Donald Trump has already set much of the progress towards brotherhood back in time, and he aims to continue that reversal because if he loses in 2018, he knows he may end up behind bars. He knows can only unify a base with hate. He started with hate, he cannot switch trains. But nationalism, coupled with an impulsive ruler who is also a life-long criminal looking for a way to skirt justice for his crimes, is a downright irresponsible recipe for disaster, a speedy train on a path towards Armageddon.

Shame on his supporters. Granted, many of them just don’t know better. Like Trump said,“We love the poorly educated”. But much more shame on the GOP establishment. They are not poorly educated. They are in it for themselves – for personal greed.

We may all be foreigners to those who were born in other nations. But we are born naked and innocent. We must learn or be taught to be enemies to others. The smarter path is one towards brotherhood, not otherhood.  We certainly don’t need rulers here or anywhere else that actively promote lack of respect and empathy for others. No country can claim the sole right to nationalism – so this can spread, as it did during the 30’s and 40’s. 

The Danger of the Foreigner Meme

I am no longer religious, but one story from the Bible which I find very informative is the Tower of Babel tale. The lesson of Babel is that if we can’t communicate openly with each other, if we consider others to be our enemies, then we can not build our proverbial towers, which is a metaphor for progress. And there is so much progress we will need to make if we are to survive. Is that not challenge enough people? Do you really have anything better to do? A sense that other people are enemies was bad before we had nuclear and biological weapons; but it’s much more dangerous now.

People who live in different countries are not our born enemies. They are trained to be our enemies of course. And Trump is doing his best to just do that. The word foreigner was created by the ruling class, for the ruling class and its enforcement arm the militia to lure citizens into battle. Hitler said it about Jews. Foreigner. It decodes as “enemy of the king”. – And it is the kings, prime ministers, presidents, and dictators of the world that still promote that hateful concept.  It’s time for the global citizens of the world to rise up and lose the meme that others are enemies. It only serves the weapon makers, industrialists and undertakers. 

I prefer to latch onto the more salient of the biblical teachings. You know, the ones that are about the brotherhood of man. 

JA

Note: Post-writing, I found The OED finds that FOREIGN may have been related to old words for door, the OR referring to light, because there is light outdoors. It also says : 

English spelling altered 17c., perhaps by influence of reign, sovereign. Sense of “alien to one’s nature, not connected with, extraneous” attested late 14c. Meaning “pertaining to another country” (as in foreign policy) is from 1610s.

I’m sticking with that 17th century meaning, but accenting the foe part of the word.

JA

Donald Trump Sets a Bad Example For All Americans

Trump’s other hate, his shady business ties, his disregard for our traditions, and his predatory misogyny – they all amplify in the general population and reverberate in social media – which feeds more amplification. 

bad-exampleBefore we were derailed by a criminal president I wanted to use these pages to spread intuitive etymology – my way to unify the people of the world by showing them the common bonds we have throughout our languages. All else except politics, love and health seem trivial today. But from time to time, I like to do a bit of intuitive etymology to gain insight into the political sphere.  

EXAMPLE – Break this word down as EX-AMPLE. AMPLE is a form of AMPLIFY, to make something larger, numerically.  The PL of AMPLIFY usually does not refer to something increasing. In fact, PL- usually refers to something FALLING. The words PALISADES and IMPALE convey that falling meaning. In French, the word PLEUR refers to crying, tears or rain. PLEUR is also the root of the English word PLURAL. – There are millions of raindrops in a rainfall of course. 

PLEUR is both the root of PLURAL and the PL- in AMPLIFY and EXAMPLE. 

When one sets an example, one shows others how to do something over and over again – like rain drops. 

What Donald Trump is doing is setting bad examples. Trump’s other hate, his shady business ties, his disregard for our traditions, and his predatory misogyny – they all amplify in the general population and reverberate in social media – which feeds more amplification. 

And we will see more and more of this discord in media and in Congress until we remove the bad example.

This is how civil wars get started. Who really wants this discord? Think hard and it can only be one person. It has to be a person who hates America and what it stands for. It is Putin! He has a back-channel to Trump, who must bend to his will, as Trump has long been compromised. It’s not just pee tapes. Trump has been a player in international crime syndicates for 30 years – since AC.

Remove the bad example and his Russian godfather, and America can begin to heal. 

The Etymology of Anthony Scaramucci

We all sense something funny about the word Scaramucci. This post will reveal why we feel that, and what it means.

We all sense something funny about the word Scaramucci. This post will reveal why we feel that, and what it means.  Let’s start with MUCCI.

MUCCI is an Italian root word for MOUTH. The are several English words that make this clear. A SMOOCH is a kiss. There’s also MUNCH, something done with the mouth. The S-prefix denotes motion – a moving mouth is a kiss.  The S-denotes motion because of the continuing sound of SSS. Many S-words convey motion for this reason: SKI, SWIM, SHOO, SHOE, SWIRL, SAUNTER, SHAKE, SHIP, SEND, SERVE. There are hundreds.

And SCARA means exactly what it seems to say: SCARY. The SC-prefix has to do with MOTION (S) and CUTTING (C). Words like SCRATCH, SCRAPE and SCISSORS reflect that motion and cutting. And the AR sound often reflects a sort of HARD or ARDUOUS sense. AARGH! The word SCAR fits right in here as well.

scaramucciSo Anthony, I’m afraid your last name means SCARY MOUTH! And you seem to be one who lives up to that meaning, whether you knew it or not. You wanna do something about this? Let’s take it outside! Yeah. That guy.

ANTHONY has a totally different meaning. The AN prefix is the ancient Sumerian word for SKY. It evolved simply because when saying AN (AHN) there are two physical things going on. #1. AH is a large sound. #2. When you say N your tongue ends up on the roof of your mouth. So AHN is large and up like the SKY.

The THONY part is easy. The TH has evolved to be a D sound in English. The easiest way to understand that process is to say BOTTLE and notice you say D but it reads T. So leaving off the Y ending, the THON becomes DON. And we all know what a DON is in Italian. A DON is a ruler or god of sorts. ANTHONY means ruler of the sky – or a god.

So Anthony Scaramucci literally means the god with a scary big mouth. He’s no god. But he does work for a don! And he is a big-mouth. He is exactly what his name means. A man who lives up to his name. A big mouth.

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Joseph Aronesty is an e-commerce pioneer, songwriter and etymologist. His book, Deciphering the English Code ( Amazon ), explains the genesis and history of English words in a way anyone can understand.

The Etymology of PUSSY POWER

Let me start this with by quoting from the Oxford Old English Dictionary’s etymology on PUSSY: perhaps from Old Norse puss “pocket, pouch”pussyhat

My book, Deciphering the English Code,  explains the P-words are very often about pushing. The reason for that correlation traces  back to our body/sign langauge way of communicating that we relied on before we learned to talk, about 125,000 years ago, in Africa. When you say PUH, you sort of project or push your lips forward a bit. So words like PUSH, POWER, PICK, SPIKE, POKE, PRICK, and POINT evolved over time because the making of a P-sound was originally linked with the idea of pushing something ( our lips ) forward.

If PUSSY is from Old Norse where puss meant pocket, you should notice that a pocket is something that is poked into pants. The sense of poking is relevant to the image of a pocket. The concepts of poking and pushing are visual images that can be used to describe the female genitalia, and it seems that is the attribute of the vulva that was indeed used to create the word PUSSY – as something to be poked or perhaps something that pushes. Either way it works, right? And it works for penis and prick too. But there’s more to notice here.

If PUSSY is related to PUSH, it’s related to PUSHY too. And there is a family of words we all use everyday and, up until now, its true etymology has not been revealed. That word family is PUSH, BOSS, BOSSY, BUSY, BUSINESS! Linguists know that the P and B sounds are closely related in sound and they will flip from language to language. In Egypt, many still say BOKER for POKER. We say PAPA but in many countries its BABA or ABAH.

So the timeline of the etymology of BUSINESS goes like this: PUSH. A person who pushes is a BOSS. If you are pushed to perform, you are BUSY. The state of being always BUSY resembles BUSINESS.( NESS as a suffix refers to the birth state of a concept. That’s a different discussion, but the words NEST, HIGHNESS and NEW and NATAL highlight that correlation.) 

Which brings us back to PUSSY. Because PUSSY-NESS or PUSSINESS means BUSINESS 

Donald Trump! I never thought that you were that good at business. My sense of your seeming success is that you stole the largest portion of your “fortune” from hard-working people who trusted that you were a decent human (which you never have been, yet) when working for you, playing in your casinos ( where you badgered skilled blackjack players when the rules in AC prohibited this, unlike Vegas), or going to your “university” or being in of one of your pageants.

So this question remains to be played out.

Who will prevail – PUSSINESS or BUSINESS?

I’m betting on pussiness. Keep it up girls!

Yeah, PUSSINESS! Very Colbert.