As Fissures Between Political Camps Grow, ‘Tribalism’ Emerges As The Word Of 2017

It’s word-of-the-year time again. …

It’s striking how many of those are the words and phrases that warring political camps have been hurling at each other across our deepening national divide. The Trump presidency didn’t create that rift but it sort of made it official. …

Wonkish terms like “hyper-polarization” don’t begin to convey that sense of unrelenting rancor. Instead, the meme of the moment is to say that American politics has become “tribal,” which I’ll make my word of the year. CONT.

Geoff Nunberg (Berkeley), Fresh Air, NPR