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PETERS – The alt-right can call us elites, but we’ll take it as a compliment

e-lite or é-lite: (French élite, from Old French eslite, from feminine past participle of eslire, to choose, from Latin eligere): The best or most skilled members of a group: the elite of professional tennis.

IT’S HARD to recall a political movement that has come complete with its own rewrite of the English dictionary.

But the so-called alt-right that propelled Donald Trump to victory in the United States and has sprouted shoots in Canada has its own language.

In order to fully understand what these people are talking about, it’s essential to learn that language.

The words used don’t necessarily correlate with their traditionally-understood meanings.

‘Multiculturalism,’ for example, something long identified as a hallmark of Canadian virtue, is often described as a failed experiment by the alt-right.

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James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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