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Mon Nov 5, 2018, 01:36 AM

Who Coined The Term 'Caravan' In Relation To The Group That's....

marching up from Guatemala? Was this a term cooked up by a Repug Think Tank to be used as a talking point for the Repugs to use to rile up their supporters?

Caravan is not a common word used in relation to a group of people. The only time I've heard the term 'caravan' used was in relation to a group of desert people on camels.

Did the Repugs focus group test the term before they began using it? Or did the term just come up from one of the cable news shows on Fox or another network or newspaper.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 01:42 AM

1. The only time I've ever heard it was a Dodge Caravan

When I heard it being mentioned daily, I had wondered why a truck full of people was getting national attention. Then I found out that it was a large group of people.

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Response to Polybius (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 01:46 AM

2. It makes me think of a group of moms taking the kids to school nt

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 01:52 AM

3. Most likely a RW anti-immigrant group called 'Center for Immigration Studies'

https://cis.org/Luna/Caravan-Central-American-Illegal-Aliens-Heads-US
Caravan of Central American Illegal Aliens Heads to the U.S.
By Kausha Luna on March 30, 2018

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 01:55 AM

4. Yes -- desert people on camels. Like Jesus and his parents, when they had to flee to Egypt. n/t

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 02:04 AM

5. It's like Fox News says something then Trump responds, and then it becomes a big thing.

It must be nice there at Fox to have so much control over the President. It use to be the reverse, but now they control the POTUS pie hole. That’s new.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 03:22 AM

6. I'll never be able to hear Duke Ellington the same way again

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:19 AM

7. The people IN IT

Notwithstanding the entirely ignorant speculation in the OP and this thread, the organizers call it that:

http://www.pueblosinfronteras.org/viacrucis.html

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:48 AM

9. They probably call it that

because it's the most accurate word for what they are.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:55 AM

10. The OP posed a question.

It's kind of you to provide a solid, factual answer to the question, but perhaps less kind to call the OP ignorant for asking.

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Response to Mister Ed (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:28 AM

12. I don't see any name-calling:


Merriam-Webster:

caravan; noun
1a : a company of travelers on a journey through desert or hostile regions

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Response to Mister Ed (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:44 AM

13. I don't know when "ignorant" became a loaded term


"Ignorant" refers to a condition of lacking knowledge about something. The OP does more than pose a question, but also speculates as to an answer, as do several other posters here.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:26 AM

8. My first thought will always be of Duke Ellington.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:20 AM

11. According to Merriam-Webster, "caravan" is actually pretty accurate...

The meaning of the word in this case seems applicable, although “refugees” would be a more humane way of framing it.
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Caravan
nouncar·a·vanˈker-ə-ˌvan

1 a : a company of travelers on a journey through desert or hostile regions; also : a train of pack animals
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