Goodbye Jac of the Deep South one time Transphobe and Broflake extraordinaire…my little birds and dire wolves bring me some fascinating news. It seems that Ein Gwlad have no wish to have him on their steering committee. He was described by a senior member of the party as a ‘bit of a dinosaur”. They were obviously concerned that his rants about ” Wimmin, lefties and greenies” ; his penchant for Steve Bannon videos and the Confederate flag have alarmed the new party of which he remains a member. I also hear at the Plaid leadership meeting in Bangor last night nearly one thousand people were present. Leanne Wood specifically ruled out a deal with the Tories while Rhunactive stated that any arrangement with the Tories was ” up to the membership” I am beginning to think that with such a high turnout at this meeting in an area where 75% of Plaids membership is concentrated will lead to the nuclear gilded youth ascension to Plaids leadership. Leanne Wood is hoping that she will pull off a Jeremy Corbyn style victory but I am highly sceptical of it. Plaid has no Momentum and while having an Ecosocialist wing it has very little influence other than in the South. There are exceptions to the social conservatives in the rest of Wales yet a Civil War rages through Plaid… However if Leanne Wood does win I expect that Ein Gwlad will gain it’s first AM in the shape of Neil McEvoy. He has as a matter of fact been allegedly cooperating with them for a long time as they constructed their nascent party. There is much to speculate on …
Perhaps a victory for Rhun will lead to the Ecosocialists of Plaid having much common ground with a Mark Drakeford Welsh Labour Party. Who knows what could happen next? I hear also that that at An Another Europe is Possible meeting in Swansea on September 20th Mike Hedges will be speaking on the same platform as Leanne Wood.. .Wales now has its own farright. They are no longer aspects of an imported proto fascism…young Royston of tbe right has fanned the flames so well that his own creation has cast him out. Even for a centre right party he was too much and too bitter.. well I leave the rest to you..,,maybe I speculate too much snarled up on the motorway trying to get home to Ystradgynlais….perhaps I am deluded .perhaps I rave…but my sources are numerous and very reliable..poor poor Jac of the Deep South…oh well.the heroic T6 driver has performed a miracle. .. we sprint home to Ystradgynlais…after an agonising crawl….maybe God is a Corbynista…
What is a â€˜broflakeâ€™? You may have heard this term bandied around the blogosphere and, increasingly, the online news sites, but what does it mean and where did it come from? Letâ€™s start at the very beginningâ€¦
In much of the UK, snow is something of a unique phenomenon, but it is the single snowflake out of all weather phenomena that has come to be most strongly associated with the quality of being special. This comes from the idea that each snowflake, if inspected closely, will reveal itself to be one-of-a-kind.Over time, a new sense of the word snowflake has drifted out of this association with uniqueness, and much like snow itself when it reaches the ground, its meaning hasnâ€™t stayed pristine. Though the quality of being unique is generally considered a positive thing, this new sense of snowflake is used as an insult to dismiss someone who considers themselves to be worthy of special treatment without earning it. Such people are typically characterized as â€˜overly sensitive or easily offendedâ€™.
This sense of snowflake was added to our new word tracking database in 2015 in the compound special snowflake, and was added to our free online dictionary earlier this year. The author Chad Palahniuk is believed to have been the originator of this use of snowflake as an insult in his book Fight Club.
But the story doesnâ€™t end thereâ€¦
Back in 2013, we explored the many portmanbros arising from the increasingly productive word bro used in humorous new coinages. Some of these â€“ like bromance, bro hug, and brogrammer â€“ are well established, and warrant inclusion in our dictionaries, while others fell by the wayside.
Now, we are seeing a brand new portmanbro: hot on the heels of snowflake as an insult, we have broflake. Much like brogrammer and other broâ€“ words, the bro in broflake not only denotes that it is a man being described by the word, but also implies that he is a particularly macho man. A broflake, like a snowflake, is considered to be overly sensitive or easily offended, so the use of bro â€“ while obviously chosen for phonetic reason â€“ also lends a sense of irony to the term. In particular, the term broflake seems to be associated with those who are upset by aspects of social reform associated with liberalism.
Urban Dictionary has an entry for broflake dating back to 2010, but with an entirely different meaning: this is a simple compound of bro and flake, with flake here being used in an informal way to mean â€˜fail to follow through on a commitmentâ€™. The top definition on Urban Dictionary for this sense of broflake is â€˜one who flakes on a non-bro, in favor of a bro activityâ€™. Up to this point, this sense of broflake was not used widely enough to imply a lasting place in the English lexicon. However, recent high profile uses of the term referring to overly sensitive men has drawn public attention and could result in increased frequency and use across wider English-speaking communities.
The Urban Dictionary entry for broflake added a definition covering overly sensitive men in early 2017, and we have noted this usage in Oxford Dictionariesâ€™ new words tracking database as one to watch â€“ much like the new sense of flake described above was added in 2014. We will continue to monitor their usage; flake has a head start, but only time will tell if flake or broflake will become established enough to be noted in our dictionaries.
Update: broflake has been added to our free online dictionary, and has also made our Word of the Year