Language is a living thing. New words are invented every day. Most never make it into the dictionary and fade out once their novelty wears off; a few are embraced by the public and become part of the language. Meanwhile, archaic words drop out of usage and are forgotten by everyone but those who read dictionaries for fun.
Today I ran across one new addition to the language that hasn’t quite achieved liftoff yet. While browsing the A Voice for Men Facebook page — to check if it was still up, and possibly gather some new memes for a future post — I noticed a posting referring to the inhabitants of the Great White North as “Cucknadians.”
Well, that’s a new one. The internet Nazis and assorted other reactionary twerps who have made “cuck” their favorite insult delight in working “cuck” into any word they can. These are the guys, after all, who managed to insinuate “cuckservative” into mainstream political discourse here in the US.
But I hadn’t seen “Cucknadian” before (or at least hadn’t remembered seeing it). A quick Google later, I found out that AVFM was hardly the first to use this invented word. It seems to have originated on Twitter last August, where it has since become an insult of choice for a small but growing coterie of Gamergaters, Internet Nazis, Trump supporters, and other sh*tposters. You know, the usual gang.
“Cuck” is an insult loosely inspired by interracial “cuckold” porn, in which white “hotwives” have sex with black men while their “husbands” watch; the term is meant to suggest that the person so labeled is unmanly and/or insufficiently racist. A “Cucknadian,” naturally, is a “cuck”… who’s Canadian.
Like “cuck,” “Cucknadian” is a pretty toothless insult; it’s only insulting to people who think that being a woman-hating racist is a good thing. But that hasn’t stopped woman-hating racists from using it.
It’s sometimes used as a handy term of abuse for politicians like Canada’s — sorry, Cucknada’s — progressive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (the intended target of this Tweet):
— Deathrow Tull (@mozarttaig1) October 28, 2015
And the allegedly “cuckservative” former Canadian citizen Ted Cruz:
But it has wider applications as well:
The term has now gone beyond Twitter, taking hold amongst some of the worst people on the Internet, showing up in dozens of threads on 4chan in the last couple of months — mostly on the legendarily awful /pol/ board — as well as on such lovely sites as The Daily Stormer, the Roosh V forum, and the virulently racist and malware-ridden Sheeky Forums.
And now it’s made its way into the Men’s Rights movement. Who knows what other terrible places it will go next?