The term “savage”

Abagond

18stone3web-blog480

“Savage” (fl. 1750-1900) is a racist term that has been applied to the native peoples of Ireland, the Americas, Africa, Australia and the Pacific. It pictures them as being like wild animals, as less than fully human. The word comes by way of French from the Latin word silvaticus, said of someone who lives in the woods.

the-merciless-Indian-Savages

Jefferson used it in the Declaration of Independence (1776) when he said of the king:

“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

By 1800, it had become one of the stages of history:

  1. savagery
  2. barbarism
  3. civilization

Roughly speaking, savages hunt, barbarians farm and civilizations write the history books.

Used as a noun as “mere description” by:

  • 1598 William Shakespeare
  • 1651 William…

View original post 467 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s