🏷  Semitic pun · name   —   by Gerry · Apr 2022 · 123 words

The German acronym Pegida officially stands for “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamicisation of the Occident”. It’s one of those alt-right movements to shepherd half-awake conservative sheeple into a controlled side-corral, and make them look stupid & racist at the same time. The silly name may be a pun with Hebrew בגידה bgydh begidah “betrayal”. It’s derived from the root √bgd, which means “cloak” / “dress up” / “betray” / “deceive”. Basically, it points to the whole movement being a sham, like all such controlled opposition movements.

Hebrew bgd, bgydh = treachery, betrayal, deceit

בגד bgd bagad : to betray; to cheat — Hebrew (Wikt)

בגד bgd beged : betrayal, treachery, deceit — Hebrew (Klein)

בגידה bgydh begidah : treachery — Hebrew (Klein)

בגידה bgydh begidah : faithlessness, rebellion — Hebrew (Jastrow)

🏷  Semitic pun · name