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Downgraded Conservative Terms

These conservative terms are less significant than the ones in Essay:Best New Conservative Terms:

Term Origin date Comments
Byzantine 1794[1]
connive 1601 to pretend ignorance
eleemosynary 1616 relating to charity
entropy 1868 disorder
filibuster 1851 The filibuster is no longer allowed under House of Representative rules, but is still allowed under Senate rules, as well as in some state legislatures.
incandescent 1794 bright and radiant, conquering darkness, precursor to the invention of the incandescent lamp (light bulb)
jabberwocky 1902 talking nonsense; the term comes from the Lewis Carroll poem of the same name, which contains numerous nonsensical words
level playing field 1977 A term originally used to describe fair, competitive free market conditions.[2] Liberal policies such as affirmative action and progressive taxation have been enacted in the name of leveling the playing field, but by favoring certain groups of people these policies do the opposite.
luddite 1811 one who opposes and even destroys technological advances
media 1923
milquetoast 1933 timid and unassertive; easily persuaded or exploited; inspired by Caspar Milquetoast, the unassertive character in "The Timid Soul" cartoon strip by Harold T. Webster, which ran in the New York Herald Tribune on Sundays beginning in 1924.
normalcy 1920 related to the election of Warren G. Harding by the largest margin yet in history
ne'er-do-well 1736 "an idle worthless person" - Merriam-Webster
reticent 1834 restrained in expression, presentation, or appearance
self-indulgence 1753
smart aleck 1856 an obnoxiously conceited and self-assertive person with pretensions to being superior to others. Etymology: Aleck, nickname for Alexander [3]
welfare to work 1978[4] refers to reforms curtailing welfare abuse and providing incentives to work rather than earn a government paycheck

See also


  1. The usage here -- in sense of complex governmental rules -- probably developed later.
  3. Smart Aleck Merriam-Websters
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