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    Lightbulb The Term 'Nordicism' According To Scholars Of English

    Below is an excerpt from what I consider to be the LEADING dictionary of the English langauge, The Oxford English Dictionary (2nd edition, prepared by J. A. Simpson & E. S. C. Weiner, Volume X (Moul-Ovum) [Oxford:Clarendon Press, 1989], p. 513; concerning the term ‘Nordicism’ with my editing in [brackets]; and my comments thereafter.

    <Nordicism ('nordisiz(u)m). [from nordic adjective and substantive + -ism.] a. The state or condition of being Nordic; the characteristics of the Nordics. b. The belief in or doctrine of the cultural and racial supremacy of the Nordic people. Hence 'Nordicist,’ one who believes in the supremacy of the Nordic people.

    [Examples of it’s use in English literature, etc.:]
    1923 J. H. eckenrode Jefferson Davis (1924) [chapter] ii. [page] 24 “The modernism of the North and the Nordicism of the South came more and more into conflict.” 1924 Glasgow Herald [volume?] 7, Apr. 8 “Doubtless he was not as strong on Nordicism as his biographer.” 1925 Nation (New York) [volume] CXX. [edition?] 5/61 “The transition from Aryanism to Nordicism in Germany.” 1929 R. HUGHES High Wind in Jamaica [chapter] vii. [page] 151 “The Nordicism of captain and mate kept the rest looking clean enough.” 1934 A. TOYNBEE Study of Hist. [Volume] I. [chapter] II. [page] 221 “The Nordicists claim it [sc. the monopoly of the unique magical quality in Mankind] for all White Men with fair hair and blue eyes.” 1957 G. clark Archaeol. & Society (edition 3) [volume?/chapter?] viii. [page] 259 “Much…was corrupted by doctrines which stemmed directly from Gustaf Kossinna (1858-1931), an ardent exponent of Pan-Germanism and Nordicism.”>
    My Comments:
    • Definitions a & b refer to my ‘Nordic’ term thread.
    • The use by Eckenrode in 1923 suggests that by that date (and in reference to the Amer. War of 1861-5) a conciousness of ‘Nordicism’ had taken root in the American South.
    • The Glasgow Herald quote suggests that the term/notion was not necessarily popular with all.
    • The Nation quote provides interesting insight into the waning of the term (in English) ‘Aryanism’ and the waxing of the term (in English) ‘Nordicism’ in 1925 Germany.
    • The R. Hughes quote is an example of the rather common association of “Nordicism” with “cleanliness.”
    • The A. Toynbee quote appears to me to be an attempt in 1934 to pit those White Men lacking fair hair & blue irises against ‘Nordicists.’
    • The G. Clark quote is a defamation of Gustaf Kossinna.
    I welcome any and all comments. I’ve posted this in the Portal, because I want no input from idiots. I apologize for any typos or editing errors, I mean there's just SO MANY times I can stand editing a document! LOL Cheers!
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    Post Re: The Term 'Nordicism' According To Scholars Of English

    Define ''comments from idiots'' ?

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    Wink ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by An Dearg Doom
    Define ''comments from idiots'' ?
    Commentary concerning this topic from the more uneducated and ignorant quarters of overall Skadi.

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    Post Re: ;)

    Do you mean merely mean non-Nords though? :S

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    Wink Re: ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by An Dearg Doom
    Do you mean merely mean non-Nords though? :S
    I meant either 'Nord' or 'non-Nord.' This issue is really passé now, though, since The Nordic Portal no longer exists, anyone can now read this, and anyone whether within the Halla or at the Doorstep can reply to it if they so desire--as you have. lol

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