The Internet is a fount of information and at the same time, it is a sewer of deceit and misleading “facts”, but did you know it might also be changing the language under the guise of serving as a dictionary?
This is a form of fake news previously unmentioned.
We have one example but other words need to be carefully examined.
When you google the word “patriot”, you will get synonyms: nationalist, loyalist; chauvinist, jingoist, flag-waver and a sample sentence, “would a true patriot abandon a comrade?”
The power thesaurus has a whole host of synonyms including: jingoist, guerrilla, hundred percent, socialist, vigilante, communist, cosmopolite.
“Socialist”? “Communist”? Some on the hard-left might consider themselves patriots but, a synonym?
Thesaurus.net includes: hard hat, communist, chauvinist, irregular et al.
WordHippo included: xenophobe.
A xenophobe is a xenophobe and there’s nothing patriotic about being a “xenophobe”.
All of them included “flag-waver” which became a negative decades ago for no good reason. They all include “partisan” which, unfortunately, has altered the meaning of the word. Patriotism should never be “partisan”.
In what world is a “communist” or a “socialist” a”patriot”?
This topic requires further study. Without sounding conspiratorial, are some on the far-left changing the meanings of words?