Punchinello’s Chronicles

September 24, 2008

Arrogate – Verb

Filed under: Word of the Day — Punchinello @ 6:00 am
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I love words, their meanings, and how they came into the language. Words actually do mean things, for those who believe words are an accidental fart of noise coming out of their mouths. Indeed, the words we choose to use are a consequence of the organizational structure of our mind. Not only do the words have meaning in and of themselves, the choice of words carries a subtext of implication, assumptions, biases, and other information.

1. (v) claim, lay claim, arrogate (demand as being one’s due or property; assert one’s right or title to) “He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter”; “Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident”
2. (v) arrogate, assign (make undue claims to having)
3. (v) assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogate (seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one’s right or possession) “He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town”; “he usurped my rights”; “She seized control of the throne after her husband died”

If someone is often arrogating things, they’re arrogant and have a characteristic of arrogance. Accordingly, they claim special exemptions to rules, make undue claims, and take over control without authority. Reminds me of intellectual elitists, come to think of it. And let’s not forget the entire set of ideological extremists

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