C 2 · culture English Idioms Witch Hunt 29 October, 202128 December, 2022 blogdeserena This idiom is also used in Spanish, but I thought it would be interesting to see how this expression came to be used in the non-literal sense it has today. share thisTwitterFacebookWhatsAppLike this:Like Loading... Related share thisTwitterFacebookWhatsAppLike this:Like Loading...
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Yes, indeed. You’re absolutely right! There’s a sort of witch hunt towards people not wanting to be vaccinated, for instance. There are also quite a few changes that despite the fact that teachers are expected to remain in jam-packed classes, just to set an example, you can’t get an appointment for a medical check-up or many of the public services you could expect. But I suppose this is ‘the new normality’.
I would highly recommend reading La Doctrina del Shock concerning this loss of rights, if you haven’t done so already.
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It is really interesting the idiom “witches hunt”. Of course it was very useful for Arthur Miller to describe the political harassment that he and other intellectuals suffered in the 50’s in USA.
It is currently working. It can describe Trump’s, Putin’s and similar politicians way to act. Months ago, for instance, I was talking with some people about how we feel under some of the restrictions by the covid pandemic, and that idiom, “witches hunt” appeared. It was not refered to anything concret. It was a way to describe the social feeling, the atmosphere. It is something like to say that some things like a pandemic can be use like an excuse to control the population. So we have a “witches hunt” sensation. Have a nice weekend. 🙂