Funia is a word used to describe a kind of “tween” or “joint project” that involves two or more individuals working together on a project together, typically a novel.
It was originally coined by journalist Dan Savage in the late 1970s to describe an attempt to bring together disparate groups of writers in order to write a book, but the word has since gained popularity as a catch-all for projects that are both creative and politically progressive.
Funia can be broadly interpreted to mean the following: An artistic or intellectual collaboration between two or the group of people who are interested in a project, especially one that challenges a standard of behavior or beliefs.
The concept was first popularized by novelist Ayn Rand in her novel The Fountainhead and has since spread to a number of other titles.
Its use has also expanded to describe collaborations between groups of people whose goal is to create a collective work that is both new and original.
“I love the word Funia,” said Stephen L. Smith, an associate professor of creative writing at Columbia University.
“It is an umbrella term for a range of projects that, in some way, are intended to challenge, disrupt, and challenge existing ideas about what is acceptable or not acceptable in society.”
In fact, Funia has become a common descriptor for a variety of projects.
Some have been spearheaded by individuals with an agenda or by groups who have a common goal: “Funia is about being creative,” said Scott Weisbrod, an assistant professor of American literature at the University of Texas at Austin.
“Funia doesn’t mean being anti-art, it’s a word that can be used in reference to the whole project, which means that the whole of the project is something new and new and fresh and different.
And in a way, that’s what the word means.”
Funias political bent is also reflected in its use as a verb, which Smith said is an important aspect of the word’s history.
In the 19th century, the English poet William Wordsworth wrote that Funia meant “an art, a piece of writing, or a novel that is the culmination of many years of work.”
Wordsworth also used the word to describe the work of another poet, Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that “funia” was “an ancient and venerable form of poetry.”
Smith said that the word “funiculate” came into its own in the 1950s when writers like Thomas Pynchon, John Dos Passos, and John Updike all used it to describe their works.
And it’s no coincidence that, like Funia, Funias political bent has spread into many other artistic and literary genres.
“[The word] funia is so closely associated with social issues that I think it’s going to be a real big problem for the Conservative Party in 2020,” Smith said.
For example, in the 2020 presidential election, Funias conservative leanings will likely be a key focus.
But Funia isn’t the only word to have been embraced by conservatives in the past.
Smith believes that Funias political leanings may be particularly problematic because the word is used to represent a sort of middle ground between a traditional conservative and an extreme left.
Even though the word may seem innocuous in some contexts, its usage has often become a powerful tool for conservatives to use to defend their beliefs or to attack the left.
In 2016, for example, conservative writer Mark Levin used the term to describe how liberal activists had used the political left to promote their political agenda.
While the word did not have the same political connotations as “fascist,” Levin was careful to point out that it was “inherently a right-wing word” and it was used in ways that were intended to create controversy and debate.
Levin’s use of the term was so effective that it has now been used by conservatives to describe liberal activism as “fascism.”
And in 2014, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon used the phrase “funiac” to describe liberals in an effort to make a political point.
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