Word of the day (and weekly writing prompt, if you like) is a fairly new one, “othering”. Some of you will be enraged by this neologism—OK, word rage can be a satisfying workout.
The quote above comes from a newspaper commentary on the Christchurch massacre of Muslim worshippers (from Stuff.com.)
Do we need this word? It means, according to Oxford Reference:
a set of dynamics, processes, and structures that engender marginality and persistent inequality across any of the full range of human differences based on group identities. Dimensions of othering include, but are not limited to, religion, sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status (class), disability, sexual orientation, and skin tone.
…and age. I used to other old people without realising it. And now I am one.