Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 13, 2016

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #54

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #54

What is the difference between “the intelligentsia,” “the elite,” and “the arrogantsia”?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The intelligentsia is a group of individuals who are considered to have superior intellect with respect to the general population. This term has been around for over a century, has become archaic, and makes the user sound somewhat pompous.

The elite is a group of individuals who are considered to be superior in many ways with respect to the general population. Historically, this term was reserved for the military (as in “elite fighting force”) and should probably not be used to describe oneself or one’s colleagues.

The arrogantsia is a group of individuals who mistakenly consider themselves to be superior to the general population. This term is not a compliment, and it should be used with discretion. Recently, I have heard this new term used on multiple occasions but have not found it in any of my hardcopy or online dictionaries.

 

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Responses

  1. I hadn’t heard of the arrogantsia, but I think it can apply to a lot of people in certain groups.

    • Definitely worth adding to one’s vocabulary, Linda. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

  2. This somewhat fits into your question:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/opinion/sunday/the-myth-of-cosmopolitanism.html

    • The article on cosmopolitanism was certainly interesting, Aunt Mary. I can’t say I’m surprised. Thank you so much for sharing the link. Cheers, Ashley


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