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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. The King James Version of the Bible contains only about 8,000 different words,[1] and many good words have developed since then.

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.

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". Implications of a geometric increase for new conservative terms include a more conservative future and a correlation between conservatism and truth. The year 1612 is our starting point: the King James Version of the Bible had just been published in 1611, and William Shakespeare had written virtually all of his plays.

Century # New Conservative Terms
1600s 14
1700s 28
1800s 56
1900s 112
2000s 6 (preliminary)

Conservative words and terms

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 the development of his theory of gravity.[3] Einstein criticized this concept as "spooky".
alarmism 1867 needless warnings
altruism 1853 selfless assistance of others; this also occurs in the animal kingdom also, and is a counterexample to evolution
American dream 1911[4]
anti-Christian 1900s thirty-three million sites turn up in a Google search, yet the Merriam-Webster dictionary doesn't recognize this important term
anticompetitive 1952 interfering with open competition and the enormous benefits that flow from it
antilife 1929 critical term describing a tendency to oppose life and lifesaving care
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
Blame America Crowd[7] 1984 Michael Barone quoted Jeane Kirkpatrick as saying that the "San Francisco Democrats" (site of the Democratic National Convention in 1984) "always blame America first."[8]
blank check 1884 irresponsibly giving someone else unlimited spending authority or power, as in "a Con Con would be a blank check to destroy the nation"
Blue Dog Democrat 1995 A person who adheres to conservative principles within the Democratic party, once called a Boll Weevil; as of 2009 there are 45-50 Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives, which is enough to form a majority with Republicans
boondoggle 1935 "Popularized during the New Deal as a contemptuous word for make-work projects for the unemployed." [9] The term gained popularity in Canada following a corruption scandal tied to the Liberal government in 2000.
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
busywork 1910 meaningless activity under the pretense of accomplishing something
can-do 1903 [10] Phrase coined in a short story by Rudyard Kipling that has come to refer to an attitude that espouses individual ability and responsibility and not reliance on entitlements
capitalism 1850-1855 creating jobs and wealth based on a private invention, ownership and investments rather than state-controlled resources
catharsis 1775 facilitating forgiveness and spiritual renewal by expression, as in writing or teaching or confession
chaperone 1720 care and well-being of youths overseen by adults
citizen's arrest 1941 private enforcement of the law without the need of a taxpayer-funded police officer
claptrap 1799 pretentious, verbose, and often liberal nonsense; example usage: "the professor wasted the rest of the class on his liberal claptrap"
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
comparative advantage 1815[11] developed by the classical economist David Ricardo, this reflects the insight that each country should "do what it does best" in deciding which goods to produce
competitive 1829
Con Con 1980s popularized by Phyllis Schlafly to highlight the deception and risks inherent in proposed national constitutional conventions
conservation of charge 1949 overall charge does not change in an isolated system; it is neither created nor destroyed; the concept was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin but the date of origin for this term is surprisingly recent
conservative 1831
constant 1832 (noun) something unchanging in value
copyright 1735 extending private property to protect expressive works
counterexample 1957 an example that is contrary to the proposition
crackpot 1884 crazy talk, lunacy, a person on the fringe of reality
cross-examination 1824 the most effective tool against liberal deceit, better than even the requirement of an oath
culture war 1991 widespread use after the book Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America by James Davison Hunter
deadweight loss 1930s[12] the loss in overall wealth and efficiency imposed by monopolies and taxation, due to the loss in extra value that someone would have received beyond what he would have paid for a good at a free market price
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.[13]
decrypt 1935 military code-breaking, which played an instrumental role in World War II in deciphering enemy codes that many felt were unbreakable; illustrates the "can do" approach of conservatism in a patriotic way
deflation 1891 an increase in the value of savings
deliberative assembly 1774[14] used by Edmund Burke in describing the British parliament during a speech to voters in Bristol; he meant a body of persons meeting to discuss and decide common action under parliamentary law
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
despotism 1727 a ruler with unlimited powers
deterrence 1861
devalue 1918 describing an unwelcome attitude or act, as in "devaluing human life"
disinformation 1950s false information spread (and sometimes manufactured) by groups with a strong political agenda
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
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
doublethink 1949 George Orwell first coined this term in 1984; it means simultaneously holding contradictory beliefs, which is a characteristic of status worship
doubting Thomas 1883 someone who believes only what he can see and touch, and doubts all else
dumb down 1933
Eagle Scout 1913 the highest rank in the Boy Scouts, the term also means "a straight-arrow and self-reliant man."[15]
editorialize 1856 "to introduce opinion into the reporting of facts"[16]
efficiency 1633 Ultimately from the Latin efficientem, meaning "working out, or accomplishing"[17]
elementary proof 1865 a mathematical proof based on the minimum assumptions associated with real analysis; term probably does not upredate 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."[18]

elitism 1950
entitlement 1944
entrepreneur 1852
ethnic voting 1900s widely recognized and even advocated by some,[19] yet the dictionary doesn't yet recognize it
Eurosceptic 1970s someone who opposes joining the super-socialist European Union; some prefer the term "Eurorealist" to express this opposition, and sometimes "Eurosceptic" is used to criticize opponents of the EU
exculpatory 1781 often used in the phrase "exculpatory evidence," it took nearly 50 years to develop this term after origination of the legal term suggesting guilt: "incriminate"
faith healing 1885
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
federalism 1789 the unique system of dual sovereigns, state and federal (national), established by the U.S. Constitution
feedback 1920 an all-important element of accountability and improvement, and a key consideration in good engineering design
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.
force-feed 1901 what liberals do to students in public schools today in training them to be atheistic socialists
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[20] and the OED gives a date of 1965 for the exact term 'globalism'[21] the term "globalization" was first used in the mid-1980s in a different, complimentary sense.
godsend 1820
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.
Gresham's law 1858 the tendency in a free market for bad money (which loses its value) to drive out (be used more often in transactions) than good money (which retains its value), because people want to horde the good money while getting rid of the bad money; a similar effect can be seen when profanity drives out intelligent discussion
hallmark 1721 purity, authentic, official seal, distinguishing feature
hardworking 1774
harmless error 1861 an insignificant violation of a duty or procedural rule; first used in Western Ins. Co. v. The Goody Friends, 29 F. Cas. 764 (S.D. Ohio 1861) (referring to a duty)
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
heckler's veto 1965 Coined by University of Chicago Law Professor Harvey Kalven, Jr., a strong supporter of free speech in politics, this term has been used in Supreme Court decisions by Justices Sam Alito,[22] Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas.[23]
Hobson's choice 1649[24] an ostensible choice that disguises a lack of freedom, because each alternative is completely unacceptable. This term is invoked to criticize an illusory freedom of choice. This term has been used in 48 cases by Supreme Court Justices, more often by conservatives than by liberals.
honor system 1903 an approach to discipline that emphasizes and encourages trust, honesty and personal responsibility rather than constant supervision
homeschool 1980[25]
human rights 1766 rights of all peoples, fighting for those less fortunate- justice for humanity
hysteria 1801 From the Latin hystericus, from Greek hystera meaning "womb"[26] (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
incrementalism 1966 imposing bad political or social change slowly
independence 1640 free will
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 what conservatism is about: gaining insights into the truth, and bettering individuals and society with them
intangible 1914 something valuable that cannot be seen or touched, such as goodwill
intellectual property 1845 "[W]e [should] protect intellectual property, the labors of the mind, productions and interests as much a man's own, and as much the fruit of his honest industry, as the wheat he cultivates, or the flocks he rears." Davoll v. Brown, 7 F. Cas. 197 (Cir. Ct. Mass. 1845) (Woodbury, federal judge).
interventionism 1923 "governmental interference in economic affairs at home or in political affairs of another country"[27]
invisible hand 1776 Coined by Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations and widely used today.
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
ivory tower 1910 a description of the pampered culture of liberal professors, and how far out of touch with the truth it is
judicial activism 1947 First coined in an article in Fortune magazine by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.,[28] and repeatedly used in U.S. Supreme Court opinions since 1967,[29] 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."[30]
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).[31]
judicial taking 1982 Deprivation of private property due to a court decision; this concept was introduced by conservative Justice Potter Stewart in 1967, and the term was used for the first time independently by the Michigan and Hawaii Supreme Courts in the same month (!) in December 1982, and then used often in law review articles and Circuit Court decisions in the 2000s, and then the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert. on this issue in 2009.
junk science 1962[32] the corruption of the scientific method to advance other, often political, 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).
labor camp 1900 forced work prison
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.
leftism 1920 principles and doctrine of leftists
leverage 1830
local 1824[33] common usage: "all politics is local"
melting pot 1912 requires "social and cultural assimilation" for successful immigration[34]
meritocracy 1958
microeconomics 1947 the study of the economics of the individual person or business
missile defense 1980s popularized by President Ronald Reagan as part of SDI
missionary 1625 someone sent on a mission, typically a religious mission
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!
motivation 1873 can you believe the word did not exist before 1873?!
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
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[35] a difficult issue that the courts should not attempt to resolve, often because it is too political in nature
non-locality 1920s action at a distance at the atomic level; even though proven, it is still opposed by those who believe in relativity and still not recognized by Merriam-Webster
Old Glory 1862 The United States of America flag, Stars & Stripes
open-minded 1828 See Essay:Quantifying Openmindedness
opportunity cost 1911
optimism 1759
originalism 1985 taken from original intent, The belief that the United States Constitution should be interpreted in the way the authors originally intended it
Orwellian 1960s terminology or style that advances the power of big government but is hurtful or nonsensical[36]
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 completion
patent troll 2001 a company that obtains or buys up patents for the sole purpose of asserting infringement claims, and without any intention of actually manufacturing the invention; the term was first coined by Peter Detkin, in-house counsel to Intel
patriotism 1726
Pavlovian 1926 a conditioned, automatic and unthinking response to a signal; it has been used twice by the Supreme Court. "It is well established that this Court does not, or at least should not, respond in Pavlovian fashion to confessions of error by the Solicitor General." De Marco v. United States, 415 U.S. 449, 451 (1974) (Rehnquist, J., dissenting); "'Incorporation' has become so Pavlovian that my Brother BLACK barely mentions the Fourteenth Amendment in the course of an 11-page opinion dealing with the procedural rule the State of Florida has adopted for cases tried in Florida courts under Florida's criminal laws." Williams v. Fla., 399 U.S. 78, 144 (1970) (Stewart, J., dissenting and concurring).
personhood [37] 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.[38] The term may have come from Chairman Mao in 1936.
potential 1817[39]
privatize 1940 to return a business or enterprise from state to private control; to de-nationalize.
proactive 1933
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[40] "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.
rapture 1629 Spiritual ecstasy[4]
recidivism 1886 the tendency for people lacking in faith and determination to revert to prior patterns of harmful behavior, such as repeat criminal offenders
recuse 1949 self-removal by a decision-maker (especially a judge) because of possible bias with respect to the pending issue
red tape 1736 excessive bureaucracy and procedural complexity which frustrate meaningful activity and progress
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
revisionism 1903[41] distortions of history to promote liberal bias
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"[42]
school choice 1980 popularized by Milton Friedman in his book, Free to Choose
self-defense 1651
self-destruct 1968 often the tragic result of liberal falsehoods
self-discipline 1838
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"
smoking gun 1974 a law-and-order term, "smoking gun" was first used as figurative term in a reported judicial decision in Rodgers v. United States Steel Corp., 1975 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12775 (W.D. Pa. Apr. 20, 1975), and many literal uses of the term in court decisions before that!
spend-and-tax 2009[43] 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
statism 1919 advocates for centralized government and government ownership
straightforward 1806
straw man 1896 an imaginary argument or example set up for the purpose of easily knocking down, while distracting from valid arguments
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
takeover 1917 as in the takeover of government by the communist revolution in that year
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
term limits 1861 can you believe this is not in the dictionary yet? Merriam-Webster omits it, but dictionary.com has it[44]
terrorism 1795 this was during the French Revolution
textualism 1952 first used by Justice Robert Jackson in his influential concurrence in Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer, 343 U.S. 579 (1952), it now describes the legal philosophy of Justice Antonin Scalia
tour de force 1802 a feat of skill
trademark 1838 extends the concept of private property to the marks used by business
traditionalist 1856 "adherence to the doctrines or practices of a tradition...the beliefs of those opposed to modernism, liberalism, or radicalism"[45]
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
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
trivia 1920 insignificant detail, which can sometimes obscure what is important; liberal Wikipedia is filled with such distractions
Trojan horse 1837 describes a type of liberal deceit: subversion from within
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
underemployed 1908 having less than full-time or suitable employment
vandalism 1798 malicious destruction of someone else's property
veracity 1623 devotion to truthfulness
victimization 1840
volunteer 1618 someone who freely offers to help
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. [46]
word poverty 2001[47] popularized by President George W. Bush
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

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
pre-9/11 thinking 9/10 mindset terror is jurisdiction of the courts
anti-family tradition opposer, familiopathic
causing harm by spreading falsehoods deceit e.g., denying or concealing disease and infertility caused by promiscuity
cradle to grave [48] sanctity of life, conception to natural death pro-life stance, also can mean socialist entitlement programs
cut and run surrender advocates when the going gets tough, run away from the problem
deliberate ignorance the term exists; the dictionary does not yet include it
denial that Hell exists Hell-denier? Antinfernal? (Should be "antihadessic" so as not to mix Hellenate and Latinate roots)
denier of the effectiveness of abstinence abstinence-denier?
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 [5]
family-friendly wholesome describes TV programming, websites, social events that are not offensive
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
heavenly body celestial body natural objects visible in the sky
hellbound recognized by over 1.3 million sites in a Google search and no substitute term is available, yet dictionaries refuse to recognize it
hoax plant fake townhall, kkk teaparty a term to describe a deceitful method of placing an operative that appears to be part of a group in order to push an agenda or to make a competing agenda look ridiculous.
illegal alien widely used in court decisions and political discourse for years, Merriam-Webster still does not recognize it is as a term.
infotainment tabloid news, dramacast mainstream media presents drama fluff stories as news, e.g. 20/20 - Dateline
Limited government we the people democracy first testament to this was the U.S. Constitution, defining Reagans presidency, can't be found in Merriam-Websters. [49]
limousine liberal hypocrite rich promoting causes which they themselves don't adhere to
merit pay performance bonus Doing your job better with perks as a reward. The typical liberal union teacher avoids merit pay at all costs, self before students.
militant gays intimidating homosexual
modern idolatry "media idolatry"; "money idolatry"; "celebrity idolatry" idolatry conjures images of golden calves, and a modern version is needed
morally bankrupt atheism, self-void ethically and spiritually challenged souls
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
peer pressure can you believe that isn't recognized by Merriam-Webster?
proven wrong, a refusal to admit it mulism; heel-digger? cf. mulish. This refusal is what promoted the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
religious right Christian conservatives Religion in America almost exclusively a conservative institution, no religious left term in existence.
reward failure TARP too big to fail, bailout bankrupt, mismanagement subsidized
rewrite history [50] deceit, mislead Commonly used term describing liberal deceit to hide, defraud others about factual history.
rogue states rogue nations nations defying international law, only rogue is listed in Merriman-Websters
runaway jury The term has existed for decades, but Merriam-Webster has not recognized it yet.
Rule of Law
schlockumentary propaganda film documentary films based falsehoods and half-truths
second-generation atheist cradle atheist
selective outrage partisan hypocrisy, bipolar to be against something to further a cause and reject, stay silent, ignore or discount something similar.
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.
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.
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.

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;[51] it's liberal because it trivializes the beauty and the faith of the moment
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[52] 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. [53]
communism 1840
compassionate-care clinics 2008 a term describe pot-shops that dispense medical marijuana [54]
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 in order to infer or accuse the writers of 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"[55] 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.
goth ? "A style of rock music, noted especially for somber or ethereal tones and lugubrious lyrics", or someone who performs or listens to this style of music.[56] Goths often "dress in black with heavy jewelry".[57] The term is taken from the name of "a Germanic people who invaded the Roman Empire in the early centuries of the Christian era".[58]
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 [59]
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)
main squeeze 1968 one's romantic partner, typically in an unmarried relationship
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.
moving the goalposts late 1980s a sports analogy designed to avoid answering a logical follow-up question; this is a favorite term of evolutionists to avoid addressing obvious deficiencies in their theory
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
public option 2009 obfuscate rewording of government control
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.
Segway 2001 Dean Kamen's trademark spelling of "segue" for use of Yankee Ingenuity to improve efficiency. Also refers to a form of battery-powered transportation.
sexism 1968 That which is practiced by those who do not give total support to feminism.
shovel-ready [60] 2008 jobs and people ready to work if funded
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.
transforming society 2008 Obama, Rahm and Axelrod use this term. It dates to Saul Alinsky and Chicago politics. [61]
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 ...."[62]
undocumented immigrant 2000 a politically correct replacement for illegal alien.
unfair 1700
union shop 1904
Unitarian 1687
will to power 1907 Nietzsche'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 4
1700s 2
1800s 10
1900s 29 (9 in the 1960s)
2000s 5

Terms Difficult to Classify

These new terms are difficult to classify:

Term Origin date Comments
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
genetics 1905 perhaps this should be on the conservative list?
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
technocrat 1932 technical expert
telecommute 1974[63] 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:

Term Origin date Comments
byzantine 1794[64]
eleemosynary 1616 relating to charity
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
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 [65]


See also


  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8013859.stm
  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. Or "Blame-America-First Crowd"
  8. http://www.creators.com/opinion/michael-barone/the-blame-america-first-crowd.html
  9. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=boondoggle&searchmode=none
  10. according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Miram-webster gives the date of 1945
  11. http://www-personal.umich.edu/~alandear/glossary/orig.html
  12. Confirmation of the first use is desired.
  13. See Dr. Frank Luntz, Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear
  14. Introduction to Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised (19th Ed. 2000), xxv.
  15. Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (1994).
  16. Merriam-Webster (1994).
  17. Online Etymological Dictionary
  18. http://www.archive.org/stream/circular129johnuoft/circular129johnuoft_djvu.txt
  19. http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/1/5/2/3/4/p152345_index.html
  20. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/globalism
  21. http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50095613/50095613se2?single=1&query_type=word&queryword=globalism&first=1&max_to_show=10&hilite=50095613se2
  22. See Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, 129 S. Ct. 1125 (2009); see also Child Evangelism Fellowship of N.J., Inc. v. Stafford Twp. Sch. Dist., 386 F.3d 514 (3rd Cir. 2004).
  23. Good News Club v. Milford Cent. Sch., 533 U.S. 98 (2001)
  24. This has the entertaining history of originating with an English liveryman who required customers to "choose" the horse closest to the door.
  25. The OED assigns a date of origin of 1850 to "homeschool".
  26. Meriam Webster Dictionary
  27. Merriam-Webster (1994).
  28. http://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/278089
  29. United States v. Wade, 388 U.S. 218 (1967).
  30. Osage Tribe of Indians v. Ickes, 45 F. Supp. 179, 184-85 (D.D.C. 1942) (emphasis added).
  31. 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).
  32. http://rated.com/dir/Society/Issues/Environment/Opposing_Views/Junk_Science
  33. This date refers to its first usage as a noun, which is an estimate of its adoption as a concept.
  34. Merriam-Webster dictionary (1994)
  35. 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."
  36. http://www.ntu.org/main/press.php?PressID=604
  37. Personhood Dictionary.com
  38. 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.
  39. Usage here refers to "promise", not "possibility".
  40. This is the date of its widespread familiarity.
  41. The first use of this term, now obscure, refers to a Marxist movement that preferred evolutionary rather than revolutionary change.
  42. http://www.archive.org/stream/burkesspeechonco00burkuoft/burkesspeechonco00burkuoft_djvu.txt
  43. http://blog.heritage.org/2009/03/02/morning-bell-the-obama-tax-and-spend-economy-is-here/
  44. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/term+limit
  45. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/traditionalist
  46. Obama administration drops 'war on terror' phrase Pew Forum, February 2, 2009
  47. http://www.aft.org/pubs-reports/american_educator/summer2001/lang_gap_moats.html
  48. cradle to grave- no entry found Merriam-Websters
  49. Limited government - Not found Merriam-Webster's
  50. rewrite history not found, Merriam-Websters
  51. Compare this migration with that of "politically correct," which started out as a serious term but then adopted a sense of mockery
  52. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/carbon%20footprint
  53. The art of "class warfare", Ben Fritz, Spinsanity.org, January 15, 2003
  54. How marijuana became legal, CNN, September 11, 2009
  55. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fundamentalism
  56. Dictionary.com, goth [1]
  57. Dictionary.com, goth rock [2]
  58. Dictionary.com, goth [3]
  59. http://newhumanist.org.uk/1740
  60. Is it time to add shovel-ready to the dictionary? Skyline Views, April 24, 2009
  61. Mark Levin Show, July 7, 2009
  62. Penn State Law Review (2006).
  63. This first use was in the British magazine The Economist.
  64. The usage here -- in sense of complex governmental rules -- probably developed later.
  65. Smart Aleck Merriam-Websters