August 20th, 2008 | by COREY PEIN News | Posted In: Cops and Courts

OK—What's A "Wilding"?

DROOGS
Guest Commentary By Alex DeLarge
When I viddied these gloopy bratchnies in the gazetta today, your humble narrator just had to guff.
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Not because they were my droogs. No, my brothers, what surprised me was the weird slovo I'd never slooshied before.
The Oregonian: "Portland police looking for suspects in 'wilding'"
KGW: "Five people were beaten and robbed by a roaming band of attackers in what police called an early morning wilding spree in North Portland..."
KOIN: "...The next stop in the Wilding Spree was punching a car passenger delivering early-morning newspapers, then beating a pedestrian on North Lombard Street."
Real horrorshow. But I submit that it would be more clear, and fair, to just call it a crime spree. "Wilding" is what wolves and gorillas and other such beasts do.
Turns out the funny slovo itties back to the Central Park jogger case. From Columbia Journalism Review:
"Wilding — the newest term for terror in a city that lives in fear," announced the New York Post on April 22. "Wilding" was defined by the Post writers as a phenomenon not unlike the violent raves in A Clockwork Orange — "packs of bloodthirsty teens from the tenements, bursting with boredom and rage, roam the streets getting kicks from an evening of ultra-violence. ... "
The jogger case planted "wilding" into the English lexicon, a term that came to define the inhumanity of these kids. But it was never clear where it came from — the kids, the police, or the media ozone. "The word seemed to come out of the ether," remembers [David] Krajicek, a former professor at Columbia's journalism school and author of Scooped: Media Miss Real Stories on Crime while Chasing Sex, Sleaze and Celebrities.

Fancy that!
 
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