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The "tax-and-spend" slogan stuck to Harry Hopkins like a well-fitted suit.
Each year the English language develops about a thousand new words. Over the course of a century, that amounts to 100,000 new words. Since the King James Version of the Bible was published in 1611, perhaps a half a million new English words have been developed.

The inevitable triumph of conservatism over liberalism is apparent from comparing the rates of generation of new terms of each type, and the quality of the terms so generated. Conservative terms are being generated at a faster rate, and with much higher quality, than liberal terms are. In the 20th century, for example, more conservative terms were developed, and they were developed at a steadier pace. The new liberal terms were clustered in the 1920s and 1960s, were fewer in number, and lacked the same high quality.

Powerful, insightful new conservative terms have grown at a geometric rate, roughly doubling every century. For every insightful new conservative term originating in the 1600s, there are two new terms originating in the 1700s, four new terms in the 1800s, and eight new terms in the 1900s, for a pattern of "1-2-4-8". Nine new conservative terms that originated in the 1600s, for example, are: action-at-a-distance, biased, demagogue, efficiency, Good Samaritan, phonics, productive, self-defense and veracity. Twice as many insightful new conservative terms originated in the following century, and that total doubled again for the 1800s, and doubled yet again for the 1900s. Implications of a geometric increase for new conservative terms include a more conservative future and a correlation between conservatism and truth.

Here are some examples developed since the King James Version was published, forming a pattern by century (1600s, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s) of 9-18-36-72.[1] Layers of new terms are being discovered and added to this list in the pattern of 1-2-4-8 by century from 1601-2000.

New Term Origin date Comments
accountability 1794
action-at-a-distance 1693 Newton's acceptance of this concept -- which became fundamental to electrostatics and quantum mechanics and has a basis in Christianity[2] -- was central to this development of his theory of gravity.[3] Einstein criticized this concept as "spooky".
alarmism 1867 needless warnings
American dream 1911[4]
anti-Christian 1900s about a million sites turn up in a Google search, yet the Merriam-Webster dictionary doesn't recognize this important term
assimilate late 1800s the desired absorption of immigrant groups into the culture and mores of the resident population
attention span 1934 correlated with intelligence, the attention span is how long someone can concentrate on something. It is rapidly shortening; the Lincoln-Douglas debates 150 years ago lasted for hours, but none do today.[5] The average length of sentences in speech is another indication of attention span, and it has been shortening significantly.
bailout 1951 wasting taxpayer money to rescue, temporarily, a failing company
bedrock 1840-1850 an American term for unbroken solid rock underneath fragments or soil, which adopted the figurative meaning of strong values: "bedrock principles"[6]
biased 1649
Big Brother 1949 government constantly watching its citizens; George Orwell first coined this term in his classic, 1984
Blue Dog Democrat 1995 A person who adheres to conservative principles within the Democratic party, once called a Boll Weevil
bootstrap 1913 Unaided effort, personal merit, hard work
bork 1988 coined by William Safire to refer to how Democrats savage a conservative nominee, such as their defeat of Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork.
born-again 1961 it takes an open mind and heart
brinkmanship 1956 the art of displaying a willingness to use military force in order to obtain a just resolution to a conflict between nations
bureaucracy 1818
capitalism 1850-1855 creating jobs and wealth based on a private invention, ownership and investments rather than state-controlled resources
closed shop 1904 a business that requires membership in a union as a condition of working there; 22 conservative states prohibit this
Coasean 1980s an efficient result or bargain based on market forces without the distortions caused by transaction costs
Columbian 1757 relating to Christopher Columbus or the United States
competitive 1829
Con Con 1980s popularized by Phyllis Schlafly to highlight the deception and risks inherent in proposed national constitutional conventions
conservative 1831
copyright 1735 extending private property to protect expressive works
constant 1832 (noun) something unchanging in value
counterexample 1957 an example that is contrary to the proposition
culture war 1991 widespread use after the book Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America by James Davison Hunter
death tax 1989 interestingly, the term was coined by Canadians opposed to the high estate tax on their assets held in the United States; Frank Luntz is credited with later popularizing this term in the United States.[7]
decrypt 1935 military code-breaking, which played an instrumental role in World War II in deciphering enemy codes that many felt were unbreakable
deflation 1891 an increase in the value of savings
demagogue 1648
deregulation 1963 Reagan won in 1980 by campaigning on this.
design by committee before 1958 Pejorative directed against collective production by a group
deterrence 1861
division of labor 1776 increasing productivity through specialization of labor, as in a husband working in manufacturing while his wife cares for children
domino effect 1966 how the fall of one nation to communism can result in its harmful spread to neighboring nations
doublethink 1949 George Orwell first coined this term in 1984; it means simultaneously holding contradictory beliefs, which is a characteristic of status worship
double standard 1894 applying harsher criticism against one group, such as churchgoers or conservatives, than against another group, such as atheists or liberals; recognition of a double standard by the Prodigal Son led him to repent and convert
dumb down 1933
editorialize 1856 "to introduce opinion into the reporting of facts"[8]
efficiency 1633 Ultimately from the Latin efficientem, meaning "working out, or accomplishing"[9]
elementary proof 1865 a mathematical proof based on the minimum assumptions associated with real analysis; term probably does not predate complex analysis and its first use may have been the English mathematician James Joseph Sylvester's paper, "On an elementary proof and generalisation of Sir Isaac Newton's hitherto

undenionstrated rule for the discovery of imaginary roots."[10]

elitism 1950
entitlement 1944
ethnic voting 1900s widely recognized and even advocated by some,[11] yet the dictionary doesn't yet recognize it
falsifiability 1934 first emphasized by Karl Popper in 1934, this helps define science: if a proposition is false, then it can be shown to be false. If not, then the proposition is not scientific.
family values 1916 widespread use after a speech by Vice President Dan Quayle, 1992
father figure 1934 someone who fulfills the essential role of a father
fellow traveller 1925 May have existed earlier, but popularized in 1924 by Trotsky. Describes a sympathizer of a cause but who does not formally belong to the cause, such as a communist sympathizer who is not part of the communist party.
federalism 1789 the unique system of dual sovereigns, state and federal (national), established by the U.S. Constitution
forward-looking 1800 planning for the future rather than dwelling on the past
free enterprise 1820
free market 1907
free world 1949 areas of the world free of communism
gateway drug 1982 abuse of alcohol/marijuana eventually leads to harder drugs cocaine/heroin
globalism 1997 MW states it was first used in 1943[12] and the OED gives a date of 1965 for the exact term 'globalism'[13] the term "globalization" was first used in the mid-1980s in a different, complimentary sense.
go-getter 1921
gold standard 1831 the highest standard; in currency, when money could be exchanged for a fixed amount of gold
Good Samaritan 1640 how genuine charity is the best approach
grade inflation 1975 the tendency by Liberal educationalists and public schools to increase marks, irrespective of merit or actual achievement.
grassroots 1901
Great Awakening 1730-1740 Christian spiritualism recurs periodically. See Essay:The Coming Fifth Great Awakening in America.
hardworking 1774
Hawthorne effect 1962 the increase in achievement resulting merely from being observed; this was demonstrated by experiment at the Hawthorne Works of Western Electric in Cicero, Illinois
homeschool 1980[14]
hysteria 1801 From the Latin hystericus, from Greek hystera meaning "womb"[15] (an old notion that hysteria was caused by the womb).
identity politics 1988 exploiting politics for racial, ethnic, gender equality.
incompleteness 1931 a system of logic or mathematics that includes propositions that are impossible to prove or disprove; term coined as a result of Kurt Godel's work in 1931
individualism 1827 values, rights and duties arise from the individual
inflationary 1920 policies causing inflation of the monetary supply
informed consent 1967 consent to surgery is meaningful only if informed, a requirement that should apply to abortion
initiative 1793 self-starting first step toward improvement
insightful 1907
interventionism 1923 "governmental interference in economic affairs at home or in political affairs of another country"[16]
invisible hand 1776 Coined by Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations and widely used today, yet Merriam-Webster fails to recognize it![17]
Iron curtain 1945 coined by Winston Churchill in a speech in Missouri just after World War II, to describe the communist's figurative wall against freedom
judicial activism 1947 First coined in an article in Fortune magazine by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.,[18] and repeatedly used in U.S. Supreme Court opinions since 1967,[19] yet as of 2009 Merriam-Webster dictionary still fails to recognize this widely used term.
judicial restraint 1942 "Assuming that this court has power to act, it does not necessarily follow that it should act. ... In a number of situations, and in a number of cases, it has been held that courts should voluntarily refrain from using or asserting power. Where the use or assertion of power might be destructive of a well defined purpose of law or of a declared public policy such voluntarily imposed judicial restraint may be commendable."[20]
judicial supremacist 2004 One who advocates that the courts should be supreme over the other branches of government for certain legal issues; first coined in a book by Phyllis Schlafly; first used by the judiciary by the Michigan Supreme Court in Paige v. City of Sterling Heights, 476 Mich. 495 (2006).[21]
junk science 1962[22] the corruption of the scientific method to advance other goals
jury nullification 1948 the power of a jury to overrule the law and acquit an ostensibly guilty defendant; the power was established in the colonies in 1735 in the trial of John Peter Zenger, but this term was first used in state court by Pfeuffer v. Haas, 55 S.W.2d 111 (Tex. Civ. App. 1932) and in federal court by Skidmore v. Baltimore & O. R. Co., 167 F.2d 54 (2nd Cir. 1948)
kowtow 1826 obsequious, unthinking obedience to someone or something, used especially in the context of dictatorships and liberal belief systems
Kremlinology 1958 the study of the otherwise indecipherable behavior of the government of the communist Soviet Union. Refers to the Kremlin, the traditional seat of Russian government (Soviet or not).
laissez-faire 1825 opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond what is minimally necessary
lame duck 1761 one falling being in achievement, especially a public official whose power is limited because his term in office is set to expire without possibility of reelection.
leverage 1830
local 1824[23] common usage: "all politics is local"
microeconomics 1947 the study of the economics of the individual person or business
melting pot 1912 requires "social and cultural assimilation" for successful immigration[24]
meritocracy 1958
missile defense 1980s popularized by President Ronald Reagan as part of SDI
mobocracy 1754 rule by a mob, as at Wikipedia
monogamy 1612 this has the same date of origin as "productive", and that may not be a coincidence!
Murphy's Law 1958 if something can go wrong, then it will go wrong: that was a conservative insight by an engineer Edward Murphy
myopic 1752 originally a term in optometry, 1990's used to describe liberals lack of foresight
negativism 1824 mental attitude that tends that is skeptical about almost everything, except one's own views
non-locality 1920s action at a distance at the atomic level; even though proven, it is still opposed by those who belief in relativity and still not recognized by Merriam-Webster
newspeak 1949 political or media expressions using circumlocution and euphemisms to disguise or distract from the truth; first coined by George Orwell in 1984
non-justiciable 1922[25] a difficult issue that the courts should not attempt to resolve, often because it is too political in nature
open-minded 1828 See Essay:Quantifying Openmindedness
opportunity cost 1911
originalism 1985 taken from original intent, The belief that the United States Constitution should be interpreted in the way the authors originally intended it
optimism 1759
Orwellian 1960s terminology or style that advances the power of big government but is hurtful or nonsensical[26]
parenting 1958 Children raising
Parkinson's Law 1955 how bureaucracies expand regardless of the productivity, and how inefficient work expands to fill the time available for its completition
patriotism 1726
personhood [27] 1955 Inherent rights guaranteed to all human beings from the beginning of their biological development, including the pre-born, partially born. Also, the state or fact of being a person.
phonics 1684
politically correct 1983 This term originated among radicals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to enforce radical orthodoxy, but immediately flipped in usage to become a term of mockery of radicals.[28] The term may have come from Chairman Mao in 1936.
potential 1817[29]
privatize 1940 to return a business or enterprise from state to private control; to de-nationalize.
productive 1612
productivity 1810 the gap of about 200 years between the creation of "productive" and "productivity" is astounding
pro-life 1960
property right 1853
quantify 1840
race card 1995[30] "Playing the race card" consists of relying on racial emotions or charges of racism in order to overcome the truth and logic in politics, legal proceedings, or otherwise; this term became familiar in the criticism of the defense and acquittal of O.J. Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend.
recuse 1949 self-removal by a decision-maker (especially a judge) because of possible bias with respect to the pending issue
relativism 1865 the view that ethical truths are not absolute, but depend on the person or group that holds them
responsibility 1737 1787 HAMILTON Federalist No. 63 II. 193 Responsibility in order to be reasonable must be limited to objects within the power of the responsible party.
reverse discrimination 1969 the use of quotas or affirmative action to use race or gender to discriminate against a better qualified person
salutary neglect 1775 coined by the conservative Edmund Burke in his 1775 speech to the British House of Commons entitled "On Moving His Resolutions for Conciliation with the Colonies"[31]
school choice 1980 popularized by Milton Friedman in his book, Free to Choose
self-defense 1651
self-discipline 1838
self-indulgence 1753
self-reliant 1848
separation of powers 1748 the fundamental insight underlying the U.S. Constitution
slippery slope 1900s term has been widely used for decades to expose the fallacy of "it doesn't hurt to try"
spend-and-tax 2009[32] a variation on "tax-and-spend" (see below), "spend-and-tax" consists of spending the money first and then trying to justify raising taxes based on the deficit created by the spending
straw man 1896 an imaginary argument or example set up for the purpose of easily knocking down, while distracting from valid arguments
straightforward 1806
supply-side 1976 the economic theory that reducing taxes expands economic activity by encouraging greater earnings and investments; proven successful during the Reagan Administration in the 1980s
tax-and-spend 1937 Not yet recognized by Merriam-Webster, it is included in dictionary.com and it means the liberal policy of raising taxes and increasing government spending
taxpayer 1816 the word highlights who is really paying for things
terrorism 1795 this was during the French Revolution
tour de force 1802 a feat of skill
term limits 1861 can you believe this is not in the dictionary yet? Merriam-Webster omits it, but dictionary.com has it[33]
trademark 1838 extends the concept of private property to the marks used by business
transaction cost 1961 Economist Ronald Coase won a Nobel Prize for this.
transistor 1948 named by John R. Pierce and developed at the conservative Bell Labs, this invention epitomized Yankee ingenuity; Pierce was a critic of claims of artificial intelligence and was the future developer of Telstar, a precursor to the Strategic Defense Initiative
traditionalist 1856 "adherence to the doctrines or practices of a tradition...the beliefs of those opposed to modernism, liberalism, or radicalism"[34]
tree huggers 1970s still not recognized by the dictionary, this term criticizes extreme environmentalists, but they proudly use the term also to describe what they literally do
trust but verify 1980s popularized by President Ronald Reagan as the approach to use towards communist deceit
ugly duckling 1883 an unpromising appearance but often with great unseen potential
vandalism 1798 malicious destruction of someone else's property
veracity 1623 devotion to truthfulness
victimization 1840
wannabee 1981 a word that criticizes liberal status worship
War on Terror 2001 no listing at Merriam-Webster February 2, 2009 Obama ends use of the conservative lexicon. [35]
work ethic 1951 a habit of working as a moral good
worldview 1858 a comprehensive way of looking at life and the world; sometimes used to criticize a liberal's irrational belief system

Rate of Generation of Conservative Terms

The rate of generation of conservative terms is increasing at a remarkable geometric rate of growth, by doubling each century:

Century # New Conservative Terms
1600s 10
1700s 20
1800s 40
1900s 79
2000s 4 (preliminary)

Conservative Words Not Yet Recognized by the Dictionary

A thousand new words are developed in English each year. Here is a growing list of conservative concepts, each of which is not yet defined by a single word or two.

Not Yet Recognized Terms Suggestions Comments
9/10 mindset pre-9/11 thinking terror is jurisdiction of the courts
rogue states rogue nations nations defying international law, only rogue is listed in Merriman-Websters
Unaffected by, or impervious to, the media mediaproof cf. bulletproof. Once John became aware of the extent of liberal deceit, he set about mediaproofing his mind.
drive-by media partisan slander liberal mainstream media assault on the GOP or conservative principles, deceitful attacks for opposing viewpoints
easily amused by deceit dolophile from Greek/Latin root dolo- meaning guile, deceit, deception [1]
morally bankrupt atheism, self-void ethically and spiritually challenged souls
Hatred of one's country, refusal to recognize the good elements of it, or unreasonably critical of it Misopatria, misopatrist From Greek misein, to hate, and Latin patria, nation or homeland
true emergency life support meaning a high probability of serious injury or death to an individual or property. Emergency has been watered down, e.g. to be locked out of one's car.
the opposite of materialism spiritualism and idealism have been its philosophical opposites, historically dualism has been suggested, but it is not the opposite of materialism; "spiritualism" is not a common term and is the "opposite" of materialism
runaway jury The term has existed for decades, but Merriam-Webster has not recognized it yet.
second-generation atheist cradle atheist
cut and run surrender advocates when the going gets tough, run away from the problem
denial that Hell exists Hell-denier? Antinfernal? (Should be "antihadessic" so as not to mix Hellenate and Latinate roots)
deliberate ignorance the term exists; the dictionary does not yet include it
religious right Christian conservatives Religion in America almost exclusively a conservative institution, no religious left term in existence.
proven wrong, a refusal to admit it mulism; heel-digger? cf. mulish. This refusal is what promoted the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
illegal alien widely used in court decisions and political discourse for years, Merriam-Webster still does not recognize it is as a term.
strict constructionism an important term for over 200 years to describe adherence to the text of the Constitution, Merriam-Webster still does not recognize it.
Traditional Values principles of Conservatism much the same as family values but incorporating all aspects society; family, religion, self-sufficiency, the truth, hard work. Only listed in Merriam-Websters to describe what Nilihism is against.
denier of the effectiveness of abstinence abstinence-denier?
anti-family tradition opposer, familiopathic
infotainment tabloid news, dramacast mainstream media presents drama fluff stories as news, e.g. 20/20 - Dateline
militant gays intimidating homosexual
causing harm by spreading falsehoods e.g., denying or concealing disease and infertility caused by promiscuity
peer pressure can you believe that isn't recognized by Merriam-Webster?
modern idolatry "media idolatry"; "money idolatry"; "celebrity idolatry" idolatry conjures images of golden calves, and a modern version is needed
Rule of Law
schlockumentary propaganda film documentary films based falsehoods and half-truths

New Liberal Terms

New liberal words often have deceptive, or nonsensical, meanings. Here are some new words created by liberals to combat conservatism:

New Term Origin date Comments
agnostic 1860 Someone who claims to not know whether God exists but still lives like an atheist
atheist 1571 useful and often deceptive alternative name for an anti-Christian
big bang 1948 term invented by the leading British physicist Sir Fred Hoyle to mock this suggestion of how the universe was formed, but later accepted as a serious term rather than mockery[36]
bilingual education 1972 a euphemism describing a costly and hurtful program that hinders the learning of English by foreign-born children in American public schools, which hurts their future opportunities
carbon footprint 1999[37] term indicates an individual human's effect on the environment by production of carbon dioxide
chairperson 1971 Even Alice Sturgis, the leading parliamentarian of the 20th century, rejected this cumbersome form of political correctness.
check-off 1911 automatic deduction of union dues by the employer from the employee's paycheck, so he has no choice
class warfare first entered the political lexicon primarily as an attack by liberals against conservatives. [38]
communism 1840
compassion fatigue 1968 Liberals, driven by materialistic self-interest, are likely to suffer from this.
condescension 1647 Treating another person as though they are inferior
creationism 1880 like most "isms", creationism is a derogatory term coined preferred most by opponents of it.
Dark Ages 1730 A term coined in the so-called enlightenment to disparage the period between the fall of the Roman Empire and c.1000, when the Christian faith, and its learning and culture, spread across Europe.
dead white males a disparaging term used of significant figures from previous generations by those who wish to undermine cultural literacy
deconstruction 1973 a style of interpretation of texts that looks beyond the plain meaning of the text and instead infers social bias
diva 1883 modern use to describe female Hollywood/media personalities
detente 1970s A euphemism referring to pacifist policy re. the Soviet Union
distributive justice A term used to redefine socialist abridgment of rights as "just"
enlightenment 1669
environmentalism 1922 a mixture of pseudoscience and neo-paganism used to justify the imposition of socialistic controls.
exclusionary rule 1964 an invented rule that requires censoring and withholding from the jury certain incriminating evidence about a criminal defendant, simply based on how the evidence was obtained.
freethinker 1692 the euphemism "free" hides the hostility towards faith, which is not free
fundamentalism 1922 "a movement in 20th century Protestantism emphasizing the literally interpreted Bible as fundamental to Christian life and teaching"[39] From a series of pamphlets called "The Fundamentals" which outlined the movement. Perjorative usage started when the liberal Harry Emerson Fosdick began using the term in a straw man attack against Conservative Christianity.
feminism 1895 notionally, "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes"; in reality, the attempt to destroy traditional family, societal and religious values by erasing or undermining natural gender differences.
gay rights 1969 The movement for civil rights for homosexuals
glass ceiling 1984 the notion that an invisible barrier prevents women and ethnic minorities from reaching high office; an excuse for feminists and others to demand affirmative action
global warming 1969 The baseless environmentalist mantra that the earth's temperature is rising, and that human intervention is the cause.
gun control 1969 a euphemism for restricting the right to keep and bear arms
homophobia 1969 used by Liberals to describe a failure to subscribe 100% to the homosexual agenda.
humanism 1808 [40]
hypothesis 1656 an assumption made for the sake of argument. Its use was rejected by Issac Newton in his famous statement, "Hypotheses non fingo" (translated, "I feign no hypotheses").
imperialism 1851 a clever term later used by liberals to interfere with Christian missionaries and stopping anti-Christian tyranny
isolationism 1922 a pejorative term that is critical of American politicians putting America first in priorities
Keynesianism 1946 advocacy of 'tax and spend' policies as elaborated by the economist John Maynard Keynes; a euphemism for back-door Socialism.
Living Constitution 2000 a continually evolving Constitution (first used by presidential candidate Al Gore, title of a 1936 book by Howard McBain)
McCarthyism 1950 Originally, investigations by Sen. Joe McCarthy of Communists working in sensitive USA government jobs. Later, it more broadly refers to holding radical leftists accountable for their beliefs and loyalties.
metrosexual 1994 fashion and glamour man
moderate late 1900s the original term dates from the French Revolution, but its meaning today is a euphemism for someone who favors abortion and/or supports censorship of Christianity in some ways.
nationalize 1800 a euphemism for the government taking over ownership and control of a large company or entire industry, as in socialism
natural selection 1857 a misleading and euphemistic term for the theory that genetic advantages and conflict dictate survival
Nihilism 1817 a rejection of the values system, independently anarchist from society norms.
population control 1968 the issue of population dates back to Confucius. Liberals promoted the term after the book The Population Bomb by Paul R. Ehrlich
pro-choice 1975 a euphemism for insisting on taxpayer-funded abortion; people who claim to be pro-choice typically oppose informed choice, which makes the "choice" meaningless
progressivism 1892 the progressive movement was not entirely liberal; it was started by a Republican and shared some goals with conservatives, and still does
psychoanalysis 1906 contributed to de-spiritualization of human beings
quote mining non-existent a term used by evolutionists to describe taking quotes out of context in order to damage the position of the quoted party.
racism If you don't support Barack Obama, you are guilty of....
Segway 2001 Dean Kamen's trademark spelling of "segue" for use of Yankee Ingenuity to improve efficiency.
sexism 1968 That which is practiced by those who do not give total support to feminism.
situation ethics 1955 a euphemism for denying fixed ethical standards
strict liability 1869 court-imposed liability even when there is no evidence of any fault by the defendant
sustainability 1727 environmentalist buzzword
Swift-Boating 2004 Allegations of unfair campaign tactics.
transnationalist 2006 popularized by Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh in a 2006 law review article: "The transnationalists view domestic courts as having a critical role to play in domesticating international law into U.S. law ...."[41]
undocumented immigrant 2000 a politically correct replacement for illegal alien.
unfair 1700
union shop 1904
Unitarian 1687
will to power 1907 Nietzche's concept of the drive of a superman to perfect himself by exercising creative power; it didn't catch on

Rate of Generation of Liberal Terms

The rate of generation of liberal terms is increasing, but not with the enduring value of the conservative terms and not with their geometric rate of increase. A remarkably high percentage of new liberal terms originated in the 1960s, suggesting that new liberal terms arise in a sporadic manner heavily influenced by culture:

Century # New Liberal Terms
1600s 5
1700s 2
1800s 11
1900s 27 (8 in the 1960s)
2000s 4

Terms Difficult to Classify

These new terms are difficult to classify:

affirmative action 1961 first used in JFK's Executive Order 10925 in 1961 and subsequently promoted by LBJ.
Americanism 1781 Originally, a phrase unique to American English, later, loyalty to America and its principles
bipartisan 1909 emphasized by liberals when they are in the minority in power, but ignored by liberals when they are the majority in power
Cold War 1947 open hostilities and ideological driven differences between nations
evangelism 1620-30 "isms" are usually pejorative, though this acquired a positive meaning over time, and perhaps from the outset
missionary 1635-1645 conservative?
Multitasking 1966 multiple task all at once
republican 1685
scrooge 1843 the main character in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol; the story is based on materialism and is often used as a substitute for the Biblical account, but charity is a conservative value
smoke and mirrors 1982 describes the use of deceit, particularly in politics; probably a conservative term, but will await more etymology about it
states' rights 1790 liberals often invoke this too; Democrats were its biggest champions in the 1800s (in connection with slavery), and even today on issues like legalizing drugs and same-sex marriage
telecommute 1974[42] a combination of a Greek root ("tele", which means "far off") and a Latin root ("commutare", which means "to exchange")
traditionalism 1856 "beliefs of those opposed to modernism, liberalism, or radicalism"
twilight zone 1949 the realm of imagination that seems impossible but is difficult to disprove, and which challenges ordinary views of reality; also the terminator between night and day on a planetary body
underdog 1887 conservative or liberal?

Downgraded Conservative Terms

These conservative terms are less significant:

byzantine 1794[43]
entropy 1868
filibuster 1851
incandescent 1794 bright and radiant, conquering darkness, precursor to the invention of the incandescent lamp (light bulb)
Luddite 1811 one who opposes and even destroys technological advances
media 1923
milquetoast 1933 timid and unassertive; easily persuaded or exploited
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

Sources

See also

References

  1. This was the pattern as of May 22, 2009, but it will continue to grow as more conservative insights are added. Visitors are encouraged to add terms with dates.
  2. See, e.g., Jesus's cure of the centurion's slave.
  3. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/newton-philosophy/#ActDis
  4. 1911 is the date given by the "OED", which refers to the Oxford English Dictionary. The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives a date of 1931.
  5. http://www.help4teachers.com/ras.htm
  6. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bedrock
  7. See Dr. Frank Luntz, Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear
  8. Merriam-Webster (1994).
  9. Online Etymological Dictionary
  10. http://www.archive.org/stream/circular129johnuoft/circular129johnuoft_djvu.txt
  11. http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/1/5/2/3/4/p152345_index.html
  12. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/globalism
  13. http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50095613/50095613se2?single=1&query_type=word&queryword=globalism&first=1&max_to_show=10&hilite=50095613se2
  14. The OED assigns a date of origin of 1850 to "homeschool".
  15. Meriam Webster Dictionary
  16. Merriam-Webster (1994).
  17. This term is absent from the 1994 print edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary
  18. http://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/278089
  19. United States v. Wade, 388 U.S. 218 (1967).
  20. Osage Tribe of Indians v. Ickes, 45 F. Supp. 179, 184-85 (D.D.C. 1942) (emphasis added).
  21. A similar yet different concept, "judicial supremacy," was coined by conservative Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson as the title of his book, The Struggle for Judicial Supremacy: A Study of a Crisis in American Political Power (New York: Knopf, 1941).
  22. http://rated.com/dir/Society/Issues/Environment/Opposing_Views/Junk_Science
  23. This date refers to its first usage as a noun, which is an estimate of its adoption as a concept.
  24. Merriam-Webster dictionary (1994)
  25. Used by the state attorneys for West Virginia (including Philip Steptoe, founder of Steptoe & Johnson) in Pennsylvania v. West Virginia, 262 U.S. 553 (1923): "It is not the 'subject of judicial cognizance,' Hans v. Louisiana, 134 U.S. 1, 15; Louisiana v. Texas, 176 U.S 1, 15; Missouri v. Illinois, 180 U.S. 208, 233, or 'susceptible of judicial solution.' Louisiana v. Texas, 176 U.S. 1, 18, 22; Missouri v. Illinois, 180 U.S. 208, 233, 234."
  26. http://www.ntu.org/main/press.php?PressID=604
  27. Personhood Dictionary.com
  28. For an early different usage of the word, see 1793 J. WILSON in U.S. Rep. (U.S. Supreme Court) 2 (1798) 462 Sentiments and expressions of this inaccurate kind prevail in our..language... ‘The United States’, instead of the ‘People of the United States’, is the toast given. This is not politically correct.
  29. Usage here refers to "promise", not "possibility".
  30. This is the date of its widespread familiarity.
  31. http://www.archive.org/stream/burkesspeechonco00burkuoft/burkesspeechonco00burkuoft_djvu.txt
  32. http://blog.heritage.org/2009/03/02/morning-bell-the-obama-tax-and-spend-economy-is-here/
  33. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/term+limit
  34. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/traditionalist
  35. Obama administration drops 'war on terror' phrase Pew Forum, February 2, 2009
  36. Compare this migration with that of "politically correct," which started out as a serious term but then adopted a sense of mockery
  37. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/carbon%20footprint
  38. The art of "class warfare", Ben Fritz, Spinsanity.org, January 15, 2003
  39. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fundamentalism
  40. http://newhumanist.org.uk/1740
  41. Penn State Law Review (2006).
  42. This first use was in the British magazine The Economist.
  43. The usage here -- in sense of complex governmental rules -- probably developed later.