do you ever read the “criticism” section of a wikipedia article on a historian and it’s just a list of people who called their work “revisionist” and you’re like “okay but that’s not universally a pejorative among historians so like??? were these people even actually criticizing them? what were the criticisms???”

@lyssa this god damn historian using evidence and theory to revise their understanding of the historical record instead of just accepting word­‑of­‑mouth stories from other historians like smdh what do they even think their field is ABOUT

@onethousandtwentyfour lol tbf “revisionism means being wrong” is also the popular understanding of historical revisionism.

@lyssa well yes, seeing as definitionally it is the act of taking an unorthodox stance, one would expect the popular understanding would be that that stance is wrong

@onethousandtwentyfour unrelatedly i’m currently listening to a podcast episode where a british person took considerable offense to the idea that he would actually use the word “moggy” because someone was like “oh jack would know this word”

@onethousandtwentyfour “i know the word... but we wouldn’t actually use it!”

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