Thursday, 28 July 2016

The British Coined Illegal Immigrant Myth

Twitter is a wonderful thing. Today it raised my curiosity when I saw a well intentioned Tweet from the popular Twitterer Dr Brooke Magnanti - who defines herself online as "Author, forensic scientist & ex call girl Belle de Jour ".

Today Dr Maganti Twittered:
Maganti cites a CNN article, written by Charles Garcia as the font of her knowledge on this factoid:

"The term "illegal immigrant" was first used in 1939 as a slur by the British toward Jews who were fleeing the Nazis and entering Palestine without authorization. Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel aptly said that "no human being is illegal."

I suspect that Garcia of CNN perhaps got this notion from reading, and taking the word alone of the mighty Oxford English Dictionary:

                  1. = illegal immigrant n. at Compounds.

                  1939   Times 31 May 11/1   Placing the illegals in concentration camps is no solution.

Of course, all good scholars should in fact abide by the ancient principle of "Nullius in Verba" (on the word alone of no one) and go look for themselves before asserting a knowledge claim of any kind. I have asked Garcia to retract his article in light of Belle de Jour's - AKA Dr Brooke Magnanti's credulous parotting of the falsehood today.

Today, using the same IDD research method that proved the scientific establishment wrong in their "knowledge claims" that no naturalist had read Patrick Matthew's full prior-published origination of macroevolution by natural selection (see Sutton 2016) I found the independently verifiable published evidence that it was the Americans and not the British that were first to coin the term "illegal immigrant"

The term in fact has its provenance in discussions of the the Scott Act (1888), which was enacted in order to seek to control Chinese migrant labour in the USA.

Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates (1888) Congress, Volume 19, Part 10 - page 489

Page 489

The term is used thereafter many times in the USA, including its earliest use in the 20th century.

The fact of the matter is that the Americans and not the British first coined and then first continued to use this term.

Hupping and Austin (2010 page 230) provide some very useful background information on the Scott Act of 1888.

Illegal Alien

Despite a plethora of websites and books claiming the term "illegal alien" is of 1950's or 60's coinage the earliest published use of it as a term - as opposed to being together as separately punctuated words (e.g here   ) - is in 1927. Again this apparent first coinage is American. In: Stoddard. L. (1927) Re-forging America: the story of our nationhood on page 210   .You can view a re-print and read the context of the book at Amazon. Here.   
For more information on mythbuster with the IDD method - why not look at Chapter Three of my book Nullius in Verba for my A-Z of busted myths   . Its free to view.

For more information on mythbuster with the IDD method - why not look at Chapter Three of my book Nullius in Verba for my A-Z of busted myths. Its free to view.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The Curse of Flaming Nora

Hacking Google Chrome with the IDD research method led to my A-Z of busted mythsAnd it even led to a paradigm changing discovery (Nullius in Verba 2014   ).
But "Flaming Nora"! Searching for the origins of that expletive just crashed Google Chrome
1 First result searching the entire 19th century draws a weird complete blank:
Dr Mike SuttonAttribution
Searching Google on "Flaming Nora" for the entire 19th century crashed Google on 20th July 2016
2 Second try on the same search parameters returns an apology and explanation:
Dr Mike SuttonAttribution
Searching Google Books on "Flaming Nora" for entire 19th century on 20 July 2016

"We're sorry but it appears that there has been an internal server error while processing your request. Our engineers have been notified and are working to resolve the issue.

Please try again later."
Flaming Nora! Because Google worked fine on everything else before and after. I made many repeated attempts but it just kept crashing on just this one search parameter.
How weird.
I love it!