I'm sure most of you has read this thread, Teen Kills 4; Judge LITERALLY Lets Him Off
Because He is Rich!
, or has heard about it on the news.
Well the news media has been going crazy over a term that the defense used to get the kid off.
And that term is...Affluenza.
No, not Aflac like the in duck commercial.....Affluenza
Many reported never having heard this word before so I looked it up.
Yes, it's listed in Wiki, of course, my spell check doesn't know it's a real word.
And it has since been updated with the latest court ruling. That was quick
So here is how it was formed and basically where it derives from.
Affluenza, a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, is a term used by critics of consumerism. The book Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
defines it as "a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of
Okay, so we have 2 main words combined to create one.
= wealthy, rich, fortune, abundance
= infection, illness, affliction
You get the picture.
Basically it's a term to say that a 'rich dude is sick in the head'
Oh, forgot to mention...people who suffer from this 'Affluenza' show lack of empathy and evidently, accountability as well.
But if you look at part of the definition per Wiki, it states it's a condition from "overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged
pursuit of more".
it states more about when it first came about and by whom:
The popularity of the term affluenza is often credited to John de Graaf, who produced a documentary and a book in the condition in the late
1990s. De Graaf primarily defined the word as the contagious illness that was creating mountains of debt, overwork and addiction to
So, this is referring to the adults who work & pay the bills, yes?
What "debt, overload, anxiety" has a rich teenager got other
than spending his Trust-fund?
Pretty soon, that will be the new norm for rich kids
Innocent due to 'Affluenza'
So basically this kid got no jail time for killing 4 people due to "exhaustion & stress from constantly trying to keep up with the Joneses"
Yeah right, give me a break
edit on 14-12-2013 by snarky412 because: (no reason given)