[lbo-talk] Petty Bourgeois

James Creegan turbulo at aol.com
Thu Feb 2 10:57:36 PST 2017

Bill Bartlet wrote:

Assuming that "petty bourgeoisie" is just a miss-spelling of the French "petit bourgeoisie..."

This assumption is incorrect. It is not a misspelling, but an Anglicization of the French term (as paper mache is an Anglicization of "papier mache"), with an old Anglo-Marxist pedigree, as I imagine the word "petty" is itself an older Anglicization of "petit". it is also incorrect that they mean different things. They both mean "small".

Jim Creegan

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