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New Verbs?

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English is a flexible language, incorporating foreign words with ease, and so the recent conflict in the Middle East gave birth to a new word: Hezbollization


(noun) A process whereby evil murderous thugs are turned into everyday heroes by an overzealous mainstream media. Hezbollize

(verb) Assign great social importance to gangsters, treat them as celebrities (Hez-boll-ized, Hez-boll-iz-ing, Hez-boll-iz-es)

Example 1: “Cross burnings bring warmth and comfort to homes without central heating, as caring KKK activists distribute clean white clothing among impoverished kids.”

Example 2: “Crips, Bloods, MS 13 organize daily after school programs, engage minority children in pharmacological economics and ballistics training”

Written by modernityblog

28/08/2006 at 20:49

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Liguistically this doesn’t feel right.
    Hezbollization might be alright for Hezboll the party of Go, but Hezbollisization is more appropriate for Hezbollah the party of God.


    30/08/2006 at 00:26

  2. FYI – in Israel Hezbollah members are called Hezballoons (actually, Hezballons, where ballon is the local derivative of balloon).



    30/08/2006 at 15:21

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