One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person or thing held to be a bad influence on society.‘the strikers had been identified and pilloried as the new folk devils’
- ‘Its subject was the eponymous; the baseball capped, Burberry clad, gold jewellery bedecked folk devils that walk down every high street in Britain.’
- ‘This would be thinking about folk devils as some way equivalent to Agamben's conception of homo sacer.’
- ‘She says, ‘The goal of the moral panic is then to identify, restrain, and punish those folk devils.’’
- ‘And the Jersey driver remains a prominent folk devil all over the Northeast: bumptious, heedless, hostile and barely competent.’
- ‘Yet when we think of child abuse, folk devils like them jump to the fore.’
- ‘The second involved a perhaps more familiar press folk devil - a girl of 12 becoming pregnant and deciding to keep the baby.’
- ‘Thus last year's folk devil becomes next year's pantomime dame.’
- ‘But this ‘conservative’ genre has consistently explored social mores, popular concerns and contemporary folk devils.’
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