Read: today’s made-up word


Andy Jackson


They emerged, a flashmob from the shadows,

growing in number every time our backs

were turned. They lost their accents, learned

Estuarine, upskilled. Now they hide in plain sight,

gatekeepers for nonformation and antifacts,

contriving fallacies like sausages, blamestorming

on twitter streams, duking it out with liberals,

wearing their avatars like chainmail, holding forth

on middle-class moralysis, how the past

is the new future. Welcome to the Darwikian age;

government by crowd-sourcing, the bloc

that can’t be stopped, genned up and ready to rock.


This piece of writing is featured in PEN’s e-book, “The Dictionary of Made-Up Words”, made in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom. Read the whole book!



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