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That phrase has a long history of use way before alt-right was even a thing. I've never heard of it being co-opted by any particular group. Other than in extreme cases, that's just not how words work. Just because one group uses a word doesn't mean it's taken out of the lexicon for everyone else. In fact, I think you are giving a group unneeded power by suddenly categorizing certain words as their language that should only be used by them.



Prior use of the word snowflake just means somebody who thinks they're uniquely special. Just like everybody else. And I'd say you can continue using it in that sense.

But the particular meaning of snowflake as someone who is too sensitive and easily triggered is newer and more inflammatory.


Most words have a history of use before their current use. F├╝hrer was just German for "leader," but it still has some very specific connotations nowadays. In this particular case, the word snowflake, when used in a context similar to how that poster used it, is very strongly associated with far-right "political correctness" grievances these days.




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