The original meaning of the word “woke”, is defined as simply the “past simple of wake”, as in to have awakened or have become awake (indicates the past tense of not being asleep).
A modern meaning of the word “woke” was officially added to the dictionary in 2017. This definition changed what most of us knew as woke and now so much in our culture is completely impacted by woke ideology. Woke now refers to being aware or well-informed in a political or cultural sense, especially regarding issues surrounding marginalized communities. It describes someone who has “woke up” to issues of social injustice.
Merriam-Webster says: “Stay woke” became a watch word in parts of the Black community for those who were self-aware, questioning the dominant paradigm and striving for something better.”
Described by Merriam-Webster as “chiefly US slang”, the dictionary defines the word as: “Aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice).” Defining Woke
The slang of the word woke has been used with increasing frequency over the past few years.
Unwrapping The “Woke Culture” Package
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