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The growth in conservative words on an annual basis (red), compared with a perfect geometric growth rate (Courtesy User:Jcw)
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] many good words have since developed.

Conservative terms, expressing conservative insights, originate at a faster rate, and with much higher quality, than liberal terms. Conservative triumph over liberalism is thus inevitable.

Powerful new conservative terms have grown at a geometric rate, roughly doubling every century. For each new conservative term originating in the 1600s,[2] 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". This implies a conservative future and a correlation between conservatism and truth.

Century # New Conservative Terms
1600s 26
1700s 51
1800s 105
1900s 209
2000s 18 (preliminary)

Conservative words and terms

New Term Origin date Decade Comments
accountability 1794 1790 the willingness or obligation to be held responsible for one's actions- a fundamental conservative ideal, unlike liberals who believe that 'society,' and not individuals, are responsible for their wrongdoing.
accuracy 1660 1660 conservatives strive for accuracy, while many liberals are masters of deceit
action-at-a-distance 1693 1690 Newton's acceptance of this concept -- which became fundamental to electrostatics and quantum mechanics and has a basis in Christianity[3] -- was central to the development of his theory of gravity.[4] Einstein criticized this concept as "spooky".
activism 1915 1910 this differentiates conservatives from inactive people; this term might have originated in connection with Prohibition and efforts to pass the Eighteenth Amendment
aerobics 1967 1960 invented by the Christian Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper[5] to describe his self-help, revolutionary program to improve health, he entitled his ground-breaking book in 1968 Aerobics.
agitprop 1929 1920 propaganda designed to incite agitation, originally coined to describe communist propaganda
alarmism 1867 1860 needless warnings, as in the politically motivated claims of global warming
alcoholism 1860 1860 excessive or addictive drinking of alcohol
algorithm 1894 1890 an efficient and consistent step-by-step methodology for achieving a goal, the opposite of liberal style
altruism 1853 1850 selfless assistance of others; this also occurs in the animal kingdom, and is a counterexample to evolution
ambulance chaser 1896 1890 a lawyer who searches for victims to persuade them to sue for his profit
American dream 1911[6] 1910 the vision that, with hard work, anyone in American can attain happiness and prosperity
American exceptionalism 1835 1830 the idea that the United States and the American people hold a special place in the world, by offering opportunity and hope for humanity
American Way 1930s 1930 later conservative entrepreneurs used this to coin a new name for what became a highly successful and uniquely American business model: "Amway"
anti-Christian 1900s 1900 opposing Christian ideals and institutions
anticompetitive 1952 1950 interfering with open competition and the enormous benefits that flow from it
antilife 1929 1920 term criticizing a tendency to oppose life and lifesaving care
apathetic 1744 1740 term critical of the those who are deliberately inactive and disengaged mentally
apple pie 1780 1780 honesty, simplicity, wholesomeness. Relating to, or characterized by traditionally American values. [7]
assimilate 1880s[8] 1880 the desired absorption of immigrant groups into the culture and mores of the resident population
atheistic 1625-35 1620 An adjective pertaining to or characteristic of atheists or atheism; containing, suggesting, or disseminating atheism.
attention span 1934 1930 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.[9] The average length of sentences in speech is another indication of attention span, and it has been shortening significantly.
axiomatic 1797 1790 self-evident (first usage), and later it developed the meaning of being based on a set of axioms
baby boom 1941 1940 an increase in birthrate, which is a good thing; note that the baby boom actually started before World War II, contrary to what textbooks teach.
back burner 1963 1960 inactive status away from attention, as in "RINOs try to put social issues on the back burner"
bailout 1951 1950 wasting taxpayer money to rescue, temporarily, a failing company
balkanize 1919 1910 to break a region or neighborhood into divisive components; the opposite of the American concept of assimilation or "E pluribus unum"
bedrock 1840-1850 1840 an American term for unbroken solid rock underneath fragments or soil, which adopted the figurative meaning of strong values: "bedrock principles"[10]
beltway mentality 1986 1980 popularized by Paul Weyrich though possibly first used by then-Governor John Sununu ("captives of yourselves"), it refers to a governing style that sees only as far as the highway that surrounds its capital, especially the one around D.C.
biased 1649 1640 to show prejudice for or against something; American society is rapidly becoming biased against Christian and Conservative beliefs.
Big Brother 1949 1940 government constantly watching its citizens; George Orwell first coined this term in his classic, 1984
biological clock 1955 1950 how each woman begins to lose her ability to have children at age 27, no matter how much feminists try to conceal this scientific fact from women
Blame America Crowd[11] 1984 1980 Michael Barone quoted Jeane Kirkpatrick as saying that the "San Francisco Democrats" (site of the Democratic National Convention in 1984) "always blame America first."[12]
blank check 1884 1880 irresponsibly giving someone unlimited spending authority or power, as in "a Con Con would be a blank check to destroy the nation"
blather 1719 1710 nonsensical or insignificant babble, as in "liberal blather is common on the lamestream media
Blue Dog Democrat 1995 1990 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 1930 "popularized during the New Deal as a contemptuous word for make-work projects for the unemployed." [13] The term gained popularity in Canada following a corruption scandal tied to the Liberal government in 2000.
boomerang 1825 1820 originally coined to describe a throwing device that returns to the thrower, the term became increasingly useful to describe how wrongful conduct returns to bite the perpetrator
bootstrap 1913 1910 unaided effort, personal merit, hard work
bork 1988 1980 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 1960 it takes an open mind and heart
brainstorm 1894 1890 a burst of productive thought
brainwashing 1950 1950 derived from the Chinese term "xǐnǎo" soon after the communist takeover of China, "brainwashing" means forced abandonment of faith in favor of regimented atheism. In a more general sense, it refers to the manipulation and control of the human mind through torture and propaganda techniques.
brinkmanship 1956 1950 the art of displaying a willingness to use military force in order to obtain a just resolution to a conflict between nations
bureaucracy 1818 1810
busywork 1910 1910 meaningless activity under the pretense of accomplishing something
can-do 1903 [14] 1900 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 1850 creating jobs and wealth based on a private invention, ownership and investments rather than state-controlled resources
carpetbagger 1868 1860 a politician who moves to a new area to be elected to a government position, as in Hillary Clinton moving to New York to become a U.S. Senator
catharsis 1775 1770 facilitating forgiveness and spiritual renewal by expression, as in writing or teaching or confession
caucus 1763 1760 citizens or representatives gathering to meet and reach political decisions as a group while harnessing aspects of the best of the public; first coined by John Adams[15] when he described a meeting of political Boston elders as a "caucus club"; the word may be from an Algonquian term for a group of advisers or elders.
chaperone 1720 1720 care and well-being of youths overseen by adults
charisma 1930 1930 literally "a gift from God", charisma is a personal magic of leadership found in conservative public figures (but beware of the liberal tendency to put style before substance!)
Chicken Little 1895 1890 one who falsely predicts disaster, especially for silly reasons: "global alarmists" are the Chicken Littles of our time[16]
circle the wagons 1800s 1800 regroup with family and friends, when under attack. usage from settlers in the old US west.
citizen's arrest 1941 1940 private enforcement of the law without the need of a taxpayer-funded police officer
civil defense 1939 1930 civilians protecting themselves and their community against attack or natural disasters
claptrap 1799 1790 pretentious, verbose, and often liberal nonsense; example usage: "the professor wasted the rest of the class on his liberal claptrap"
closed shop 1904 1900 a business that requires membership in a union as a condition of working there; 22 conservative states prohibit this
Coasean 1980s 1980 an efficient result or bargain based on market forces without the distortions caused by transaction costs
cogent 1659 1650 compelling with the powerful force of reason, the opposite of liberal claptrap
Columbian 1757 1750 relating to Christopher Columbus or the United States
Cold War 1945 1940 coined by George Orwell shortly after he wrote Animal Farm,[17] as recognition that communist nations were at war with American freedom even in the absence of actual military conflict
collectivism 1880 1880 when decision-making by a group takes priority over the good ideas of an individual, often preventing progress
common sense 1726 1720 sound judgment based on facts
competitive 1829 1820
Con Con 1980s 1980 popularized by Phyllis Schlafly to highlight the deception and risks inherent in proposed national constitutional conventions
conniption 1833 1830 hysteria or alarm, as in "having a conniption fit"; a typical response by liberals when confronted with their double standards and illogical positions
conservation of charge 1949 1940 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 1830 someone who adheres to principles of limited government, personal responsibility and moral values[18]
conservative field 1870s? 1870 a type of physical force over a region such that items moving throughout the region can store energy without loss, as in the planetary system and electrical products[19]
constant 1832 1830 (noun) something unchanging in value
constitutionality 1787 1780 its date of origin is the year of the Constitutional Convention that proposed the U.S. Constitution
cooking the data 1830 1830 Charles Babbage used it in his book, "Reflections on the Decline of Science in England".[20]
coolant 1926 1920 a fluid, typically water, that facilitates efficient energy production, especially nuclear energy to cool a reactor and slow down the fission of neutrons
copacetic 1890s[21] 1890 Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, tap dancer extraordinaire, claimed the invention of this word; it was first popularized by African Americans
copyright 1735 1730 extending private property to protect expressive works
corporate socialism 1970s 1970 the tendency of large corporations to act in a socialistic manner, at the expense of meritocracy and productivity
correlate 1742 1740 (verb) to show that one thing relates to another, such as atheism or homosexuality and selfishness or lack of charity; liberals falsely rely on anecdotes to deny the general relationship
countability 1874 1870 Georg Cantor, loathed by the leading contemporary mathematicians, developed this in proving that the real numbers are uncountable
counterexample 1957 1950 an example that is contrary to the proposition. A common point in logical, reasoned debate.
counterfactual 1946 1940 especially assumptions that are contrary to fact; Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the U.S. Supreme Court, "petitioners' standing does not require precise proof of what the Board's policies might have been in that counterfactual world."[22]
counterproductive 1959 1950 interfering with a worthy goal. Example usage: "nearly everything a liberal supports is counterproductive."
crackpot 1884 1880 crazy talk, lunacy, a person on the fringe of reality
creation science 1970s 1970 a term coined by the anti-evolutionist Henry Morris.[23]
cross-examination 1824 1820 the most effective tool against liberal deceit, better than even the requirement of an oath
crystal clear 1815 1810 liberals are the opposite
culture war 1991 1990 widespread use after the book Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America by James Davison Hunter
cyberbullying 2000s 2000 a type of obnoxious and hurtful liberal behavior on the internet
deadweight loss 1930s[24] 1930 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 1980 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.[25]
decentralization 1846 1840 the dispersion of power, as in a shift from national to local control
decrypt 1935 1930 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
defeatism 1918 1910 a negative attitude that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy
defensive driving 1964 1960 a style of driving a car that always focuses on avoiding accidents, even those potentially caused by others; nearly a half-century later, dictionaries still do not recognize this term
deflation 1891 1890 an increase in the value of savings
defund 1948 1940 refers especially to termination of government funding of a wasteful or hurtful program
deliberative assembly 1774[26] 1770 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 1640
Den mother 1936 1930 leader of children's group
deregulation 1963 1960 Reagan won in 1980 by campaigning on this.
design by committee before 1958 1950 pejorative term directed against collective production by a group
despotism 1727 1720 a ruler with unlimited powers
deterrence 1861 1860
devalue 1918 1910 describing an unwelcome attitude or act, as in "devaluing human life"
devotee 1645 1640 ardent follower, supporter, or loyalty to. 56 years separates devotee and devoted
disinformation 1950s 1950 false information spread (and sometimes manufactured) by groups with a strong political agenda
division of labor 1776 1770 increasing productivity through specialization of labor, as in a husband working in manufacturing while his wife cares for children
dog and pony show 1970 1970 an overblown event, typically having more fanfare than substance; liberals like to run a "dog and pony show" in towns having a large public university, where students brainwashed by liberal professors are led like cattle to the events
domino effect 1966 1960 how the fall of one nation to communism can result in its harmful spread to neighboring nations
double standard 1894 1890 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 1940 a term first coined by George Orwell in his dystopian novel 1984; it means simultaneously holding contradictory beliefs, which is a characteristic of status worship
doubting Thomas 1883 1880 someone who believes only what he can see and touch, and doubts all else
duh science 2000 2000 First coined by the LA Weekly to criticize the LA Times for failing to criticize a publicly funded study that concluded that pessimistic people are often in bad moods.[27]
dumb down 1933 1930
Eagle Scout 1913 1910 the highest rank in the Boy Scouts, the term also means "a straight-arrow and self-reliant man."[28]
editorialize 1856 1850 "to introduce opinion into the reporting of facts"[29]
efficiency 1633 1630 ultimately from the Latin efficientem, meaning "working out, or accomplishing"[30]
egotism 1714 1710 the root of atheism, as explained by Paul in Romans 1:21-22; the root of depression and anxiety also
electioneering 1780s 1780 to work for the success of a particular candidate, party, ticket, etc., in an election.
elementary proof 1865 1860 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."[31]
elitism 1950 1950
embryoscopy 1967[32] 1960 Search this term on the internet and see the spectacular photos of the unborn child ("embryo") that were "scoped" by tiny cameras.
entitlement 1944 1940
entrepreneur 1852 1850
ethnic voting 1900s 1900 widely recognized and even advocated by some,[33] yet the dictionary doesn't yet recognize it
Eurosceptic 1970s 1970 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
everyman 1906 1900 the typical person
exceptional 1787 1780 same year of origin as the U.S. Constitution!
exculpatory 1781 1780 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"
expose 1803 1800 (noun) a statement of the facts, typically to discredit wrongdoing by government
fair shake 1830 1830 approaching an idea or concept with an open mind
faith healing 1885 1880
falsifiability 1934 1930 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 1910 widespread use after a speech by Vice President Dan Quayle, 1992
fat farm 1969 1960 a place where obese people -- such as self-centered atheists -- might go to try to lose weight
father figure 1934 1930 someone who fulfills the essential role of a father
federalism 1789 1780 the unique system of dual sovereigns, state and federal (national), established by the U.S. Constitution
feedback 1920 1920 an all-important element of accountability and improvement, and a key consideration in good engineering design
fellow traveller 1925 1920 may have existed earlier, but popularized in 1924 by Leon 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. The term was invented by the communists in its original, non-negative sense, but the conservatives were the first to use it as a pejorative term.
flip-flop 1976 1970 verb, meaning to change political position, typically due to liberal pressure. First used by the Republican S.I. Hayakawa campaign to describe California Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator John Tunney, whom Hayakawa defeated in an upset.
force-feed 1901 1900 what liberals do to students in public schools today in training them to be atheistic socialists
forward-looking 1800 1800 planning for the future rather than dwelling on the past
Founding Fathers 1914 1910 the several dozen Christian men [34] who helped draft the formative documents of the United States
free enterprise 1820 1820
free lunch 1949 1940 something acquired ostensibly without paying for it, as in welfare; often used to remind people that "there's no such thing as a free lunch" in order to point out that it must cost someone something, now or later.
free market 1907 1900
free speech 1873 1870 shorthand for "freedom of speech," but with a connotation that extends to non-citizens and listeners; first used in a U.S. Supreme Court opinion in dissent in the Slaughter-House Cases by Justice Bradley
free world 1949 1940 areas of the world free of communism
frontiersmen 1814 1810 living and working in a self-sufficient manner and with courage in a new land.
fuzzy math 1937 1930 non-computational math designed to obscure the differences between the correct answers and the incorrect -- but perhaps politically motivated -- answers
galvanize 1802 1800 as in, "the liberal proposals galvanized the grassroots in opposition"
gambit 1656 1650 a sacrifice that obtains an advantageous position, as in the game of chess (Bobby Fischer's queen's gambit was a masterpiece) or in real life (the Passion of Christ)
gang up 1925 1920 group pressure
gateway drug 1982 1980 abuse of alcohol/marijuana eventually leads to harder drugs cocaine/heroin
gerrymandering 1812 1810 coined by a newspaper editor to criticize the manipulation of the lines of a new district into a salamander shape[35] that favored election of a liberal politician
gimmick 1922 1920 originally meant a deceptive mechanical device for controlling a gambling machine, and then its meaning expanded to include all trickery to attract attention
globalism 1997 1990 Merriam-Webster states it was first used in 1943[36] and the OED gives a date of 1965 for the exact term "globalism";[37] the term "globalization" was first used in the mid-1980s in a different, complimentary sense.
God-fearing 1835 1830 Living by the rules of God; living in a way that is considered morally right.
godsend 1820 1820
go-getter 1921 1920
gold standard 1831 1830 the highest standard; in currency, when money could be exchanged for a fixed amount of gold
golden parachute 1981 1980 a pejorative term for a pre-arranged handout to a corporate executive when fired, as when the company is taken over by new ownership
Good Samaritan 1640 1640 how genuine charity is the best approach
goon 1926 1920 a dim-witted thug, espec. one who intimidates on behalf of a union
government school 1955 1950 coined by economist Milton Friedman as a more accurate name for public schools
grade inflation 1975 1970 the tendency by Liberal educationalists and public schools to increase marks, irrespective of merit or actual achievement.
grassroots 1901 1900
greasy spoon 1902 1900 a free enterprise term for a small, cheap restaurant - which in many places is just what the public wants; reflects Jesus' Biblical scientific foreknowledge about the digestive system
Great Awakening 1730-1740 1730 Christian spiritualism recurs periodically. See Essay:The Coming Fifth Great Awakening in America.
Gresham's law 1858 1850 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
groupthink 1952 1950 a style of thought consisting of conformity to a manufactured consensus and self-deception; coined by William H. Whyte in 1952.
hallmark 1721 1720 purity, authentic, official seal, distinguishing feature
hardworking 1774 1770
harmless error 1861 1860 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)
hatchet job 1944 1940 still looking for the context of its first use; today it means an article, typically by a liberal, that misleadingly smears someone, typically a conservative
Hawthorne effect 1962 1960 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 1960 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,[38] Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas.[39]
hippie 1965 1960 someone who rejects traditional morality and does what he wants, often growing long hair and smoking marijuana rather than working hard; this term became increasingly pejorative over time
hissy fit 1970 1970 an unjustified tantrum, typically female in nature, as in "feminists had a hissy fit when Lawrence Summers suggested (but criticized) the possibility that women have weaker scientific aptitude than men, and Summers ultimately resigned."
Hobson's choice 1649[40] 1640 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.
hokey 1927 1920 phony, in an obvious or corny way
honor system 1903 1900 an approach to discipline that emphasizes and encourages trust, honesty and personal responsibility rather than constant supervision
homeschool 1980[41] 1980
homemaker 1876 1870 a wife and mother whose efforts are wisely spent running the household for the family
hometown 1912 1910 the place where someone grew up and typically obtained some benefit
homosexual agenda 1989 1980 used to promote the agenda in the book After the Ball, but then used to criticize the movement by Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissent inLawrence v. Texas (2003)
human rights 1766 1760 rights of all peoples, such as to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" as set forth in the Declaration of Independence
hype 1931 1930 originally meant to deceive or "put on," and then its meaning shifted slightly to represent extravagant promotion of something as the liberal media often do
hyphenated American 1889 1880 President Theodore Roosevelt said in 1915, "There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American."
hypothesis 1656 1650 a suggestion, typically scientific in nature, which must be tested and proven before asserted as truth
hysteria 1801 1800 From the Latin hystericus, from Greek hystera meaning "womb"[42] (an old notion that hysteria was caused by the womb).
idealist 1701 1700 a person guided by ideals
illiteracy 1660 1660 liberals seek to produce illiterate voters who lack independence, and many graduates of the public schools are illiterate today
incidental inequality 2009 2000 inequalities that result as side effects of an objectively just system
incoherent 1626 1620 the term often applies to liberal double standards
incompleteness 1931 1930 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 1960 imposing bad political or social change slowly
independence 1640 1640 free will
individualism 1827 1820 values, rights and duties arise from the individual
inerrancy 1834 1830 free from error, as in "biblical inerrancy"
inflationary 1920 1920 policies causing inflation of the monetary supply
informed consent 1967 1960 consent to surgery is meaningful only if informed, a requirement that should apply to abortion
initiative 1793 1790 self-starting first step toward improvement
insightful 1907 1900 what conservatism is about: gaining insights into the truth, and bettering individuals and society with them
intangible 1914 1910 something valuable that cannot be seen or touched, such as goodwill
intellectual property 1845 1840 "we [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 1920 "governmental interference in economic affairs at home or in political affairs of another country"[43]
invisible hand 1776 1770 coined by Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations and widely used today.
invisible hand of marriage 2008 2000 discovered on Conservapedia, it is the unseen force of productivity that results from marriage (only between a man and woman).
Iron curtain 1945 1940 coined by Winston Churchill in a speech in Missouri just after World War II, to describe the communist's figurative wall against freedom
irreducible complexity 1935 1930 coined[44] and later adopted and developed by Michael Behe to describe structure or system that could not possibly have evolved, because removing any part makes it nonfunctional, thereby showing that God must have created it whole into biology; if the Nobel Prize were not dominated by atheism, Behe could win one for this insight.
ivory tower 1910 1910 a description of the pampered culture of liberal professors, and how far out of touch with the truth it is
John Hancock 1903 1900 a personal signature, especially in a bold style that stands up for principles as John Hancock did with his signing the Declaration of Independence
judicial activism 1947 1940 first coined in an article in Fortune magazine by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.,[45] and repeatedly used in U.S. Supreme Court opinions since 1967,[46] yet as of 2009 Merriam-Webster dictionary still fails to recognize this widely used term.
judicial prejudice 2009 2000 the bias of a judge in favor of a political correct identity group intended to rig outcome equality in favor of that group based on subjective bias rather than objective justice.
judicial restraint 1942 1940 "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."[47]
judicial supremacist 2004 2000 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).[48]
judicial taking 1982 1980 the 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 four Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed the principle in a decision in 2010, with two others accepting the possibility.
junk science 1962[49] 1960 the corruption of the scientific method to advance other, often political, goals (such as Global Warming)
jury nullification 1948 1940 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)
kiss of death 1943 1940 from Judas's betrayal of Jesus with a kiss, Mark 14:44-4
kleptocrat 1819 1810 A politician who seeks status and personal gain at the expense of the governed
kowtow 1826 1820 obsequious, unthinking obedience to someone or something, used especially in the context of dictatorships and liberal belief systems
Kremlinology 1958 1950 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).
la-la land 1979[50] 1970 a term for the decadent, liberal culture of Hollywood-driven Los Angeles, originally capitalized as "La-La land."; Merriam-Webster is in denial about this etymology and claims a later origin of 1983.
labor camp 1900 1900 forced work prison
laissez-faire 1825 1820 opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond what is minimally necessary
lame duck 1761 1760 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.
lamestream media 2009 2000 coined by Bernie Goldberg to describe the clueless Mainstream media that repeat superficial, discredited liberal claptrap
landslide 1838 1830 In the political sense, an overwhelming election victory. A clear, democratic expression of popular will.
leadership 1821 1820 an ability and willingness to lead, often by example
leftism 1920 1920 principles and doctrine of leftists
level-headed 1876 1870 "balanced", "having common sense and sound judgment"
leverage 1830 1830
liberal creep 2008 2000 liberal bias that gradually creeps or distorts an entry, definition, explanation, description, or historical account.
life vest 1939 1930 a pro-life invention
limousine liberal 1969 1960 a multi-millionaire who pretends to be compassionate about the poor, but supports liberal policies that increase burdens on working Americans
local 1824[51] 1820 common usage: "all politics is local"
lockstep 1802 1800 mindless conformity, often to liberal values
locomotive 1829 1820 a great engine of economic growth during the Industrial Revolution
lone wolf 1909 1900 a person who prefers to work, act, or live alone,[52] synonymous with self-sufficiency
loose cannon 1973 1970 an undisciplined person or program that dangerously lacks forethought; used in mid-November 1976 to describe $11 billion in unspent appropriations by the Ford Administration: "'That money,' says Arnold Packer, a senior Senate Budget Committee economist who is helping Carter draw up his shadow budget, 'is like a loose cannon rolling around the deck' because a sudden reappearance of the funds could be inflationary." (BusinessWeek)
lowest common denominator 1854 1850 the lowest in work ethic, morals, or knowledge among a group; typically used to criticize the liberal practice of dumbing down content
lunatic fringe 1913 1910 coined by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt to describe members of eccentric, radical or extremist groups[53]
machismo 1948 1940 a word never used favorably by feminists!
man-hater 1970s[54] 1970 William Safire wrote in the New York Times in 1983, "Misandry, from the Greek misandros for 'hating men,' is in the 1961 Merriam-Webster New International Dictionary, and the Oxford Dictionary Supplement traces it to 1946. The word is pronounced as 'Ms. Andry,' but I wonder why we need the Greek word for it. What's wrong with good, old-fashioned man-hater?"[55]
make-work 1923 1920 inefficient or useless activity that has the false appearance of being productive; a favorite endeavor of liberals
manifest destiny 1845 1840 Providential design over future events, which originated in the context of expanding the United States to the Pacific Ocean
materialism 1748 1740 the view of life that physical matter is all that exists; as an "ism", the term criticizes such view
meat and potatoes 1951 1950 the most interesting or fundamental part
melting pot 1912 1910 requires "social and cultural assimilation" for successful immigration[56]
meritocracy 1958 1950 a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement
microeconomics 1947 1940 the study of the economics of the individual person or business
mindset 1909 1900 close-minded point-of-view, typically in adherence to a liberal falsehood and often to the exclusion of Christ
missile defense 1980s 1980 popularized by President Ronald Reagan as part of SDI
missionary 1625 1620 someone sent on a mission, typically a religious mission
mobocracy 1754 1750 rule by a mob, as at Wikipedia
monogamy 1612 1610 this has the same date of origin as "productive", and that may not be a coincidence!
moonlighting 1957 1950 working more than a full-time job in order to be as productive as possible; the work ethic at its best
moral majority 1979 1970 coined by Jerry Falwell to describe the movement of growing moral, Christian conservatives.
motivation 1873 1870 can you believe the word did not exist before 1873?!
muckety–muck 1912 1910 a pejorative term for an arrogant person who holds a title or position considered to be important by others
muckraker 1910 1910 a person who searches out and publicly exposes deceit[57]
Murphy's Law 1958 1950 if something can go wrong, then it will go wrong: this was a conservative insight by an engineer Edward Murphy
muscle car 1967 1960 placing a powerful engine in a classic two-door car for highly efficient performance; also celebrate masculine style against erosion by feminism
myopic 1752 1750 originally a term in optometry, 1990's used to describe liberals' lack of foresight
name-dropping 1950 1950 a term critical of the liberal practice of seeking to impress others by casually mentioning personal association with prominent people, despite its lack of relevance to the conversation
nanny state 1978 1970 "Under the New Economic Policy, [the new French Prime Minister Raymond] Barre has made it clear that industrial lame ducks can no longer count on the generosity of Nanny i.e. the state - for bailing out."[58] Note how two powerful new conservative terms led to a third here!
negativism 1824 1820 mental attitude that tends that is skeptical about almost everything, except one's own views
newspeak 1949 1940 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[59] 1920 a difficult issue that the courts should not attempt to resolve, often because it is too political in nature
non-locality 1920s 1920 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
nullification 1798 1790 assertion of authority by a State against encroachment by the federal government, in defense of liberty
obambulate 1600 1600 From Latin obambulatus, to walk to or before, akin to wander. Word currently claimed to have been invented by Rush Limbaugh in 2011 and used in reference to Barack Obama, yet it is found in Oxford and Webster's dictionaries prior to 1991.
obstructionism 1879 1870 deliberate interference with free speech or legislative progress, as when liberal legislators (the "fleebaggers") fled Wisconsin to try to block a reform
Old Glory 1862 1860 the United States of America flag, Stars & Stripes
one-size-fits-all 1996[60] 1990 Lee Wishing, director of communications for conservative Grove City College, in criticism of how the government administers student loans: "Unfortunately, with government programs, it's one size fits all."[61] The 2008 Republican platform states, "We reject a one-size-fits-all approach and support parental options, including home schooling, and local innovations such as schools or classes for boys only or for girls only and alternative and innovative school schedules."[62]
one-trick pony 1980 1980 a person or group that relies repeatedly on the same gimmick, as in "the media are a one-trick pony in their criticism of Rand Paul"
open-minded 1828 1820 see Essay:Quantifying Openmindedness
opportunity cost 1911 1910
optimism 1759 1750
originalism 1985 1980 taken from original intent, The belief that the United States Constitution should be interpreted in the way the authors originally intended it
Orwellian 1960s 1960 terminology or style that advances the power of big government but is hurtful or nonsensical[63]
ostensibly 1765 1760 having an outward appearance that may not reflect the underlying truth; good potential use is Luke 3:23 in describing Jesus as the son of Joseph
outflank 1765 1760 to move swiftly around an opponent, a military tactic mastered by conservative General George Patton to crush the Germans in World War II
parenting 1958 1950 children raising
Parkinson's Law 1955 1950 how bureaucracies expand regardless of the productivity, and how inefficient work expands to fill the time available for its completion
patent troll 2001 2000 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 1720
Pavlovian 1926 1920 a conditioned, automatic and unthinking response to a signal; it has been used twice by conservative Supreme Court Justices. "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).
perestroika 1986 1980 increasing economic freedom and free speech under communism, which led to the unraveling of the communist Soviet Union
perpetual war 1947 1940 Coined by historian Charles A. Beard,[64] it has been used most recently by Ann Coulter
personhood [65] 1955 1950 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.
Philadelphia 1682 1680 coined by William Penn and meaning "city of brotherly love," the concept captures the "best of the public" approach
phonics 1684 1680 conservatives have long championed phonics to promote literacy, Bible-reading, and informed voters; liberals take the opposite position
phony 1900[66] 1900 needed to address liberal deceit
plasticity 1783 1780 having a plastic quality that conforms to molding or pressure; in pejorative usage, someone who easily conforms to peer pressure or liberal falsehoods
poetic justice 1890 1890 when virtue is reward and/or wrongdoing is punished in an indirect or unexpected way
political machine 1905 1900 a pejorative term for local and typically Democratic power structures that prevent outsiders from winning elections; first used by George Washington Plunkitt to criticize the Tammany Hall machine for which he served
politically correct 1983 1980 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.[67] The term may have come from Chairman Mao in 1936.
politicize 1846 1840 seeking political gain at the expense of truth or quality[68]
politics of envy 2011 2010 used by Australian conservative Christopher Pine to describe the philosophy behind taking money from private schools and giving it to public ones.
post-abortive 1986 1980 the unexpected trauma and physical harm -- which can worsen over time -- that is experienced by a woman after having an abortion; coined by Dr. Kaye Cash in an editorial describing what she learned during a 365-mile walk in southeast Arkansas to speak with the public about abortion[69]
potential 1817[70] 1810
pothead 1959 1950 someone who smokes marijuana and doesn't realize how it destroys people
powerhouse 1881 1880 source of energy and strength - which is what the conservative movement is
price discrimination 1920 1920 charging different prices for the exact same service or good; first coined by the British economist (and critic of John Maynard Keynes) Arthur Cecil Pigou in The Economics of Welfare.
prioritize 1961 1960 to recognize that some goals and activities are more important than others, and then focus accordingly
privatize 1940 1940 to return a business or enterprise from state to private control; to de-nationalize.
proactive 1933 1930
Procrustean 1832 1830 a pejorative description of the one-size-fits-all mentality, which disregards individual differences
productive 1612 1610
productivity 1810 1810 the gap of about 200 years between the creation of "productive" and "productivity" is astounding
pro-life 1960 1960
property right 1853 1850
provocateur 1919 1910 someone who spends more time causing unproductive conflicts rather than advancing knowledge, accomplishing legitimate goals, or helping anyone
pseudoscience 1844 1840 worthless claims written with the appearance of scientific rigor to gain an aura of credibility
publicity stunt 1969[71] 1960 Used on April 10, 1969 by Republican Senators who withdrew from a tour and probe by Senator Ted Kennedy, criticizing him for his "publicity stunt" in preparation for his expected run for the presidency; the Chappaquiddick incident sunk his chances three months later.
quantify 1840 1840
race card 1995[72] 1990 "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 1620 spiritual ecstasy[2]
recidivism 1886 1880 the tendency for people lacking in faith and determination to revert to prior patterns of harmful behavior, such as repeat criminal offenders
recuse 1949 1940 self-removal by a decision-maker (especially a judge) because of possible bias with respect to the pending issue
red tape 1736 1730 excessive bureaucracy and procedural complexity which frustrate meaningful activity and progress
refudiate 2010 2010 combination of refute and repudiate, as coined by Sarah Palin
relativism 1865 1860 the view that ethical truths are not absolute, but depend on the person or group that holds them
responsibility 1737 1730 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 1960 the use of quotas or affirmative action to use race or gender to discriminate against a better qualified person
revisionism 1903[73] 1900 distortions of history to promote liberal bias
riot act 1715[74] 1710 the Riot Act was a law passed in England in 1715 to authorize officials to disperse riots
Rogue state 1993 1990 (Originally used in 1993 then reintroduced in 2002.) A 'rogue state' displays no regard for international law. It attempts to acquire weapons of mass destruction and other military technology with which to threaten neighbouring countries and support terrorism. Rogue states often reject human values and brutalize their own people.
rubber-stamp 1918 1910 unthinking repetition or endorsement of something, despite having the responsibility to make an independent decision, as in "Democrats rubber-stamp demands by the abortion industry."
run of the mill 1930 1930 meaning "merely average, commonplace," the term is critical of a failure to strive for excellence
sacred cow 1910 1910 a person or idea, typically liberal, that becomes immune from criticism because of its political usefulness rather than its truthfulness, as in the theories of evolution and relativity
scapegoating 1943 1940 a term criticizing how people, particularly liberals, deflect accountability and blame from themselves to others; inspired by Leviticus 16:8.
salutary neglect 1775 1770 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"[75]
school choice 1980 1980 popularized by Milton Friedman in his book, Free to Choose
scientific fascism 2009 2000 a coordinated effort by a group of scientists to enforce a certain point of view upon others.
secularism 1850-55 1850 attempts to educate, particularly through public school, without including faith or even acknowledgment of God
Segway 2001 2000 Dean Kamen's trademark spelling of "segue" for use of Yankee Ingenuity to improve efficiency, to refer to a form of battery-powered transportation.
self-defense 1651 1650
self-destruct 1968 1960 often the tragic result of liberal falsehoods
self-discipline 1838 1830
self-preservation 1614 1610 preservation of oneself from destruction or harm
self-reliant 1848 1840
separation of powers 1748 1740 the fundamental insight underlying the U.S. Constitution
shotgun marriage 1929 1920 pregnancy => get married. Think of someone besides yourself for a change.
silent majority 1969 1960 coined by President Richard Nixon in his speech to the nation on Nov. 3, 1969[76]
skullduggery 1867 1860 underhanded or unscrupulous behavior
slippery slope 1900s 1900 term has been widely used for decades to expose the fallacy of "it doesn't hurt to try"
smoke and mirrors 1979 1970 something intended to disguise or draw attention away from an often embarrassing or unpleasant issue. [77] Widely used during the 1990s to describe Bill Clinton's political strategy.
smoking gun 1974 1970 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!
soapbox 1907 1900 staging for a typically liberal, unproductive rant having little substance
soccer mom 1987 1980 a mother who devotes herself to her children's activities and a significant voting bloc or demographic group
socialist 1827 1820 someone who advocates government control over the economy, and particularly state control of the means of production
social justice rhetoric 2009 2000 Language and rhetorical ploys equating equality of outcome with justice.
spend-and-tax 2009[78] 2000 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
spin doctor 1984 1980 someone ensuring that others interpret an event from a particular point of view. [79]
spot-on 1949 1940 precisely correct, as in a prediction or in overcoming imprecision in a challenging task; its origin is from the military
stagflation 1965 1960 inflation and high unemployment and stagnant demand by consumers, typically due to liberal policies as in the late 1970s under President Jimmy Carter
stalking horse 1788 1780 a candidate or issue that serves to increase the chances that another will win, as in "antifederalists attempted to win elections by using 'the stalking horse of amendments.'"[80]
statism 1919 1910 advocates for centralized government and government ownership
straightforward 1806 1800 something liberals are not
straw man 1896 1890 an imaginary argument or example set up for the purpose of easily knocking down, while distracting from valid arguments
Stupaked 2010 2010 hurt by someone who reassured everyone he would do the right thing, but then switched at the last minute to do the opposite (refers especially to abortion betrayals)[81]
supply-side 1976 1970 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 1910 as in the takeover of government by the communist revolution in that year
tax-and-spend 1937 1930 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 1810 the word highlights who is really paying for things
term limits 1861 1860 can you believe this is not in the dictionary yet? Merriam-Webster omits it, but dictionary.com has it[82]
terrorism 1795 1790 this was during the French Revolution
textualism 1952 1950 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
think tank 1940s 1940 first coined in Britain to describe intelligence organizations that helped the military, think tanks became part of the rise of conservatism in the 1970s and 1980s; is Conservapedia the think tank of the future?
top-notch 1900 1900 the highest quality, which requires respect for merit to recognize
totalitarianism 1926 1920 term which identifies the similarities of fascist and communist regimes and ideologies and urges resistance
tour de force 1802 1800 a feat of skill
trademark 1838 1830 extends the concept of private property to the marks used by business
traditionalist 1856 1850 "adherence to the doctrines or practices of a tradition...the beliefs of those opposed to modernism, liberalism, or radicalism"[83]
transaction cost 1961 1960 Economist Ronald Coase won a Nobel Prize for this.
transistor 1948 1940 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 1970 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 1920 insignificant detail, which can sometimes obscure what is important and distract people from the Bible; liberal Wikipedia is filled with trivial junk
Trojan horse 1837 1830 describes a type of liberal deceit: subversion from within
trust but verify 1980s 1980 popularized by President Ronald Reagan as the approach to use towards communist deceit
ugly duckling 1883 1880 an unpromising appearance but often with great unseen potential
ultra vires 1793 1790 beyond the authority, especially of a government or corporate official
unborn child 1791 1790 the rights of the unborn child have been recognized in English law since the 1600s, but the specific term "unborn child" itself may have been first used by an attorney arguing before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Den v. Sparks, 1 N.J.L. 67 (Sup. Ct. 1791)
underachiever 1952 1950 a typically liberal person who fails to accomplish what he could
underdog 1887 1880 David v. Goliath, Cinderella, best of the public, etc.
underemployed 1908 1900 having less than full-time or suitable employment
unscripted 1950 1950 speaking sincerely without parroting a script; "Rand Paul and Chris Christie are effective because, unlike Obama, they are unscripted."
vandalism 1798 1790 malicious destruction of someone else's property
veracity 1623 1620 devotion to truthfulness
vet 1904[84] 1900 a verb meaning to screen for flaws
victimization 1840 1840
volunteer 1618 1610 someone who freely offers to help
wannabe 1981 1980 a word that criticizes liberal status worship
War on Terror 2001 2000 no listing at Merriam-Webster February 2, 2009 Obama ends use of the conservative lexicon. [85]
washed-up 1928 1920 no longer productive, as in "the washed-up liberal professor has not contributed anything to his field in 30 years."
waterloo 1816 1810 a final defeat or setback, coined merely one year after the English defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo; there has never been a "waterloo" for Christianity or conservatism
wildcatter 1883 1880 a pro-energy term that describes someone who drills for oil in fields not known to have oil
word poverty 2001[86] 2000 popularized by President George W. Bush
work (physical sense) 1826 1820 a physical measure[87] of effort used to increase energy
work ethic 1951 1950 a habit of working as a moral good
worldview 1858 1850 a comprehensive way of looking at life and the world; sometimes used to criticize a liberal's irrational belief system
Yankee 1758 1750 Inhabitants of New England, United States. Dutch slang in 1698- Americanized 50 years later.
Yankee Ingenuity 1761 1760 America's inhabitants had a knack for clever design and capitalist success. The early Americans had applied their exceptional skills prior to the terms existence, see Eli Whitney and Benjamin Franklin.
yellow journalism 1898 1890 the practice, started by newspaper publishers Joseph Pulitzer and his rival William Randolph Hearst, of sensationalizing and biasing newspaper headlines and articles in order to influence public opinion

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
blame shift false accusations e.g., guns blamed for an increasing murder rate
buycott counter support An effort to cooperate and promote an organization or a process to nullify campaigns that are targeted by boycott protests.
causing harm by spreading falsehoods deceit e.g., denying or concealing disease and infertility caused by promiscuity
Constitutional values adherence to righteousness as set forth by the Founding Fathers principles set in the Declaration
cradle to grave [88] 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
debtucation tuition noose College student debt is now larger than credit card debt in the US
deliberate ignorance mind-locked, self-centered pride obscuring the truth 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
earmark spending on specific projects at the request of a particular congressman, and without meaningful examination by others voting on it
easily amused by deceit dolophile from Greek/Latin root dolo- meaning guile, deceit, deception [3]
family-friendly wholesome describes TV programming, websites, social events that are not offensive
Fleebagger Oath breakers Describes liberal politicians who avoid their sworn duties as a way to advance their political agenda.
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 and Chains Keynesian economics a phonetic play on the rhetoric slogan of Hope and Change. Hope replaced by unemployment and Change represents obsessive tax burdens.
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.
Hollywood values West Coast Hedonism Over 800,000 results on Google, not yet recognized by Merriam-Webster
homo-fascist [89] LGBT Stormtrooper, Gay-vangelist Guardians of gender identity ideology
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 - Datelin
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. [90]
manufactured outrage fake tears liberal politicians and the liberal media's method of stroking anger to pursue an agenda.
media vigilantism soviet-style censorship media's public campaign to demonize dissent against people or groups, such as Juan Williams.
Mediscare fear card Democrats opposed to entitlement reform use fear to stop changes to Medicare
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
moral fabric domestic tranquility ethics and virtues united for the common good of all
morally bankrupt atheism, self-void ethically and spiritually challenged souls
narrative hysteria delusional finger-pointing a frantic attempt to capitalize on calamity by casting their opponents as somehow responsible for an act of madness and evil
opposite of global warming regional warming the North pole shrinks as the South pole increases
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 used in titles to professional journal articles as early as 1994 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 [91] 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 on 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.
smear merchant serial slander to constantly hurl degrading or false accusations against others
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.

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
colonist 1701 settlers of a new country
compartmentalize 1925 compartmentalizing the Bible away from knowledge and education leads to ignorance and despair
contrarian 1657 someone who delights in taking a position contrary to others
eclectic 1683 taking the best from among different styles or ideas; compare best of the public
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?
identity politics 1988 exploiting racial, ethnic, gender alliances for political gain
inane 1662 refers to comments, often made by liberals, that are utterly devoid of substance
junk legislation 1980s used initially by liberals to complain about the lack of meaningful legislation
missionary 1635-1645 conservative?
multitasking 1966 performing multiple tasks all at once
polar coordinates 1694 Newton may have used it earlier
republican 1685
reverse engineer 1973 to deconstruct a product (or software) in order to understand how it works, often with the purpose of copying it
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
soapbox 1907 now used pejoratively, but probably not initially when it was a way for the public to participate
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[92] a combination of a Greek root ("tele", which means "far off") and a Latin root ("commutare", which means "to exchange")
tomfoolery 1812 playful or foolish behavior
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
Whip[93] late 1800s An elected position in each political party for the legislator responsible for gathering and confirming support for the party position on particular bills. This term is derived from "whipper-in," which in fox-hunting refers to the man who prevents hunting dogs from straying amid a chase.[94]
wiki 1995 a website (or website software) that facilitates contributions and corrections by the public
working class 1789 those who work regular, 40-hour weeks in manual labor, such as factory jobs

Downgraded Conservative Terms

These conservative terms are less significant:

Term Origin date Comments
byzantine 1794[95]
connive 1601 to pretend ignorance
eleemosynary 1616 relating to charity
entropy 1868 disorder
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; 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 [96]


See also


  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8013859.stm
  2. The King James Version of the Bible was published in 1611, by then William Shakespeare had written nearly all his plays.
  3. See, e.g., Jesus's cure of the centurion's slave.
  4. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/newton-philosophy/#ActDis
  5. http://www.christianadvice.net/famous_christians.htm
  6. 1911 is the date given by the "OED", which refers to the Oxford English Dictionary. The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives a date of 1931.
  7. Merriam-webster- Apple pie
  8. estimate only; this originated sometime in the late 1880s.
  9. http://www.help4teachers.com/ras.htm
  10. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bedrock
  11. Or "Blame-America-First Crowd"
  12. http://www.creators.com/opinion/michael-barone/the-blame-america-first-crowd.html
  13. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=boondoggle&searchmode=none
  14. according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Miram-webster gives the date of 1945
  15. The future author of the Massachusetts Constitution who also played a role in developing the Declaration of Independence.
  16. In characteristically liberal style, the online Merriam-Webster spins the global warming example usage by saying the data showed he wasn't a Chicken Little.
  17. http://www.worldwar2history.info/war/causes/Cold-War.html
  18. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=conservative
  19. The mathematical definition of a conservative field -- which arises in multivariable calculus -- is that a scalar potential exists for the function and, alternatively, it is irrotational.
  20. http://www.scientus.org/Church-Science-History.html
  21. Merriam-Webster officially lists its date of origin as 1919 and its source as unknown, but that is well after when Robinson says he developed it.
  22. Free Enter. Fund v. Pub. Co. Accounting Oversight Bd., 130 S. Ct. 3138, 3163 (2010) (5-4 decision).
  23. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/28/AR2006022801716.html
  24. Confirmation of the first use is desired.
  25. See Dr. Frank Luntz, Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear
  26. Introduction to Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised (19th Ed. 2000), xxv.
  27. Originally "duh!" science: "But couldn't we have been treated to just a soupcon of critical thinking, some irony even -- perhaps a glancing reference to the wisdom of public funding for 'duh!' science?" "L.A. TIMES WHO KNEW? DEPARTMENT", LA Weekly p. 12 (Jan. 14, 2000).
  28. Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (1994).
  29. Merriam-Webster (1994).
  30. Online Etymological Dictionary
  31. http://www.archive.org/stream/circular129johnuoft/circular129johnuoft_djvu.txt
  32. The first endoscopic image of the unborn child was in 1967, by Mandelbaum. The date of origin of the term "embryoscopy" may have been later, but likely before the 1990s.
  33. http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/1/5/2/3/4/p152345_index.html
  34. Religious Affiliation of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, Adherents.com
  35. http://www.allbusiness.com/information/publishing-industries/251259-1.html
  36. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/globalism
  37. http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50095613/50095613se2?single=1&query_type=word&queryword=globalism&first=1&max_to_show=10&hilite=50095613se2
  38. 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).
  39. Good News Club v. Milford Cent. Sch., 533 U.S. 98 (2001)
  40. this term has the entertaining history of originating with an English liveryman who required customers to "choose" the horse closest to the door.
  41. the OED assigns a date of origin of 1850 to "homeschool".
  42. Meriam Webster Dictionary
  43. Merriam-Webster (1994).
  44. Alan Turing reportedly used the term for a completely different meaning that went nowhere. [1]
  45. http://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/278089
  46. United States v. Wade, 388 U.S. 218 (1967).
  47. Osage Tribe of Indians v. Ickes, 45 F. Supp. 179, 184-85 (D.D.C. 1942) (emphasis added).
  48. 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).
  49. http://rated.com/dir/Society/Issues/Environment/Opposing_Views/Junk_Science
  50. First known use was in an article by Tom Zito, "Mr. Mike's Mania; Sick Humor, Very Well Indulged," Washington Post F1 (Nov. 8, 1979): "But now, it's off to La-La land, and his movie deal. 'The thing about Southern Californians,' he says, 'is this: They wake up and say, 'Gee, what a wonderful morning. I think I'll make a salad.' And that takes them the whole day. ..."
  51. This date refers to its first usage as a noun, which is an estimate of its adoption as a concept.
  52. Lone wolf, Merriam-Webster
  53. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lunatic
  54. This was during the epic struggle -- and defeat -- of the so-called Equal Rights Amendment.
  55. Sunday, Oct. 30, 1983, Section 6, Page 12, Column 3.
  56. Merriam-Webster dictionary (1994)
  57. Merriam-Webster - Muckraker
  58. Leo Ryan, "Economy Shored up: France's new surge of liberalism," The Globe and Mail (Canada) (Aug. 1, 1978)
  59. 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."
  60. Was there an earlier conservative use? Frank Zappa's album cover in the 1970s does not count!
  61. http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/1996/dec96/er-dec96.html
  62. http://platform.gop.com/2008Platform.pdf
  63. http://www.ntu.org/main/press.php?PressID=604
  64. Charles A. Beard is best known for interpreting the Constitution as being primarily motivated by economic interests.
  65. Personhood Dictionary.com
  66. This surprisingly recent origin appears to be derived from a British confidence game.
  67. 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.
  68. The Merriam-Webster definition (1994 ed.) is incomplete and unclear: "to give a political tone or character to"
  69. Editorial by Kaye Cash, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR), October 23, 1986.
  70. Usage here refers to "promise", not "possibility".
  71. Earlier usage in the 1900s may have occurred, but the term "stunt" was not coined until 1878.
  72. This is the date of its widespread familiarity.
  73. The first use of this term, now obscure, refers to a Marxist movement that preferred evolutionary rather than revolutionary change.
  74. Its colloquial use, as in "read them the riot act," began in 1819.
  75. http://www.archive.org/stream/burkesspeechonco00burkuoft/burkesspeechonco00burkuoft_djvu.txt
  76. http://watergate.info/nixon/silent-majority-speech-1969.shtml
  77. Smoke and Mirrors, Merriam-Webster
  78. http://blog.heritage.org/2009/03/02/morning-bell-the-obama-tax-and-spend-economy-is-here/
  79. General Petraeus describes Axelrod by Bob Woodward
  80. Centinel, 1788 (quoted in The Federalist party in Massachusetts to the year 1800, By Anson Ely Morse).
  81. Columnist Kathleen Parker is credited with first coining this term.
  82. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/term+limit
  83. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/traditionalist
  84. http://www.slate.com/id/2199254/?from=rss
  85. Obama administration drops 'war on terror' phrase Pew Forum, February 2, 2009
  86. http://www.aft.org/pubs-reports/american_educator/summer2001/lang_gap_moats.html
  87. force times distance
  88. cradle to grave- no entry found Merriam-Websters
  89. LaBarbera: Apple's action stems from 'homo-facism', OneNewsNow, March 25, 2011
  90. Limited government - Not found Merriam-Webster's
  91. rewrite history not found, Merriam-Websters
  92. The first use of this term was in the British magazine The Economist.
  93. In its political usage.
  94. http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2010/11/durbin_re-elected_number_two_s.html
  95. The usage here -- in sense of complex governmental rules -- probably developed later.
  96. Smart Aleck Merriam-Websters