Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Lackey

A word of obscure etymological origins, according to the OED.

Recently spotted in Bookforum’s Dec/Jan 2009 issue, in Allen Barra’s substantive review of the new Naipaul biography.

“Naipaul has been savaged by critics such as H.B. Singh (who called him ‘a despicable lackey of neo-colonialism and imperialism’) and Edward Said (‘a kind of belated Kipling who carries with him a kind of half-stated but finally unexamined reverence for the colonial order’).”

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