Devil’s Dictionary

Maybe it has always been true, but it seems like we live in an age of esoteric language or pseudo-language. Everyone is familiar with the gag of using “undocumented worker” in place of “illegal alien.”  Janitors became sanitation engineers and teachers are now educators. It’s a part of how the American Left makes war on our civilization. By destroying the language they destroy the truth. If words no longer have common and concise meanings, then there is no truth, only force.

There’s another aspect to this. The Progs create pleasant sounding phrases and neologisms that are packed with danger. It’s a natural outgrowth of the passive-aggressive tactics popular with the Progs. The new word or phrase is not intended to clarify or explain idea, but to warn people that the official truth has been decided and any further debate will be seen as a challenge. As everyone knows, the Left responds to a challenge with violence so the new phrase means “shut up or else.”

With that in mind, a running list of words and phrases, that have a more ominous meaning beyond the literal, seems like a good project. This will be one of those posts that could be updated over time both for entertainment purposes and to build out a comprehensive language guide for the normie trying to navigate his way through the theocracy. Perhaps one day some smart crime thinker will create a mobile app, like a universal translator, for normal people to use when dealing with HR or reading a mainstream news site.

Have a conversation: Whenever you hear someone say they want to have a conversation about something, what they mean is they want to shut down all debate and impose their will with regards to the subject. Having a conversation about marriage led to the end of the homosexual marriage debate in favor of the sodomites. Having a conversation about race means Progs screaming at white people about racism and white privilege. Having a conversation always means sitting through a lecture.

Secure the border: Whenever the topic of immigration comes up, someone will start chanting about the need to secure the border. The reason for this is so they can avoid talking about immigration, without looking soft on immigration. What they really mean when they use this phrase is they have no interest in the topic and you’re a racist for bringing it up, but they’ll throw you a bone just to shut you up.

Here’s What You Need To Know: This is a favorite of female millennial writers, who imagine themselves as brilliant because they got a gold star from their lefty teachers in school. It’s a phrase that sets themselves up as the arbiter of what is and what is not worth knowing about a topic. Unsurprisingly, what never needs to be known is anything that contradicts the one true faith. As soon as you see this in a post, it means that what you need to know is they are right and shut up.

Conservative Principles: Alternatively, “first principles” or “principled conservative.” The Conservative Industrial Complex loves throwing this around to benefit themselves and damage anyone questioning their project. As soon as you hear Official Conservatives™ talking about their principles, it means they are either about to throw in with the Left against you or they are preparing to surrender on some cultural issue.

Fact Check: The lefty scolds love this phrase. They fact check the crap out of everything, except their own beliefs. Those are off limits because you’re a racist. As soon as you see this phrase, you should assume that what comes next is some senseless nitpicking that let’s them dismiss anything they find unpleasant. For instance, when a normal person says migrants suck off the welfare system, they will “fact check” this and claim that “not that many” migrants go on welfare. So, you’re a bigot and shut up.

Inclusive: This means normal people need not apply. Something that is inclusive is something that excludes the things normal people consider to be normal. A club that is inclusive, for example, will be full of homosexual males, blue haired lesbians and people with fashionable mental disorders. Inclusive is code for fringe weirdos only.

Disturbing: Progs say this to let other Progs know that what is being described or witnessed is taboo. It’s a favor they do for one another.

Divisive: Since uniformity and conformity are the highest virtues of Progressivism, anything that contradicts the tenets of the faith are labeled “divisive.” This lets coreligionists know that the person or argument is a major hate crime. This is also a mortal sin. There’s not much worse than being divisive.

Polarizing: Like divisive, this word is used for people or ideas that contradict the faith, but have not yet become mortal sins. The person or idea is causing conflict in the cult, but not so much that it is a threat. This is a venial sin.

It’s Complicated: This means it is not complicated, but we’re going to pretend it is so we can get a bunch of our friends jobs in the bureaucracy. Health care is complicated, for example, so it means thousands of jobs for liberal arts majors out of swank private colleges.

Intellectual Case: The abuse of modifiers in modern language is rampant. What exactly is an intellectual case, versus a regular case or perhaps an emotional case?  When you see this phrase, just assume the person using it is a chattering class mediocrity trying to convince you that his preferences are canonical and everyone else is just stupid.

Moral Narcissism: Abracadabra words are so common, it is easy to blow past them without noticing. Here’s a popular example. This should be read as “magic bad word” as it has no meaning beyond that.

There’s a lot more work to be done: Politicians love saying this, usually after they rattle off a long list of their alleged accomplishments. Professional barnacles also love using this phrase when promoting whatever cause it is they represent, a cause that is fully funded by tax payers. In both cases, it means nothing will ever be solved and the racket will go on forever or until the treasury is empty.

Get our fiscal house in order: This is the politician or pundit saying he would like to rob you and your posterity of their last nickel.

Unity: This always means “get whitey.” When the black street leader calls for unity, he means to declare a war on the honky. When homosexuals want unity, it means attacking straight white males. It’s why you never hear normal white males call for unity. Everyone would interpret it as a call for mass suicide.

Healing: This means the people in charge have figured out how they are going to sweep the disconfirmation down the memory hole and refocus on the crime thinkers. For instance, after a Mohamed explodes or goes stabby, the government officials declare it a random incident of domestic violence and say it is now time for healing. It’s always a cue for their surrogates in the media to stop talking about the story.

Come Together: Shutup

Diversity: No white men.

Slashed: The tiniest of decreases, usually so small that no one will notice. An agency’s budget is “slashed” when the managers do not get their usual lavish raise, but have to suffer with a small increase. Government programs are slashed when they get all the money the need, but not what they wanted. In a sense, “slashed” means the government just took a chunk out of your paycheck.

Woke: This is the the sound a white woman makes when she is about to say something outlandishly stupid.

Outspoken: This is a compliment for someone, who is holding the megaphone, bellowing at the crowd on behalf of the one true faith. A normal person would assume it means “speaking against the current order” but in our modern managerial age, it means the opposite. An outspoken person is someone railing against the non-conformists and deviationists for their gross hooliganism. Stalin was outspoken.

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tamaleman
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I think xe needs to be more intersectional.

paul scott
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nice, meaningless, i like it

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“… As soon as you hear Official Conservatives™ talking about their principles, it means they are either about to throw in with the Left against you or they are preparing to surrender on some cultural issue …”

In other words they’re about to throw one of their own under the bus.

Excellent list. I see you have avoided listing managerial-speak as that is another Pandora’s Box altogether.

Ghost Bob
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And of course:

Anti-racist = A code word for anti-white.

onezeno
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or Anit-fascist = fascist

paul scott
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Antifa

George Orwell
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“As soon as you hear Official Conservatives™ talking about their principles, it means they are either about to throw in with the Left against you or they are preparing to surrender on some cultural issue.”

I recall a certain Conservative™ publication devoting an entire issue to the Case™ for throwing the election to Hillary Clinton. Principles! Without them we would lack a reason to keep losing, as Conservatives™ were born to do.

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Their biggest principle involved punching to the right.

Ryan T
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Sustainable … a poor bedraggled word that the enviro crowd got a hold of which now means absolutely nothing and everything. generally refers to whatever new scheme theyre cooking up to get more money for their NGO

Carbon is another word that has been rendered meaningless

Kathleen LaBonte
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Whenever I hear the word sustainable it is like hearing nails on a chalkboard. Thank for adding!

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From the “New Commissars Magic Word Book”
Sustainable- Verb- 1)You will do with less (and will like it) your choices will be limited.
2) the inner-party will have everything it need to carry on.
Synonym- Get our fiscal house in order, by making sure your betters never go without.

paul scott
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the science is settled, youdenier

Timothius
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What about gay, or rainbow? They don’t mean the same thing anymore. They used to mean, gay used to mean happy, or jovial, a rainbow used to mean a colorful scene usually after a storm. Those two words alone have basically stopped being used for thir original meanings! Sad.

Omega3
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This is one of your best posts. I found the following phrases particularly grin-inducing: ..dealing with HR ..Having a conversation always means sitting through a lecture. ..fashionable mental disorders ..thousands of jobs for liberal arts majors ..Professional barnacles ..attacking straight white males ..No white men ..the sound a white woman makes Does the entry of women (in large numbers) into the workforce in the 70s thru the 90s explain nearly all of this? 🙂 It seems like a mass phenomenon of make work is the root of it all. If you took all the air and froth out of the… Read more »
Zeroh Tollrants
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“Does the entry of women…in the work force explain this?”

Yes. They had to give us something to do besides making graphs, filing, making schedules, spreadsheets, & coffee, and no one had the balls to send us back home.

Kathleen LaBonte
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“Democratic” (adjective) Party or Committee instead of “Democrat.” It is subliminal, but the messaging is clear – at least to me!

paul scott
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progressive messaging

UKer
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“Diversity: No white men.”

Diversity Training: telling white men that there will be no more white men.

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White—Bad
The Environment—The God of all Gods
Global Warming—the Apocalypse
Al Gore—the Messiah
Conservative—Hate Monger
Gun Owners—Murderers
Tax—Steal

Tax Slave
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Correction:
Obama–the Messiah
algore–a worthy accolyte

Member

You’re right. Gore is John The Baptist.

Zeroh Tollrants
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Fathers-deadbeats, child molesters
Husbands-cheaters, adult children, built-in wallets, wife beaters

Eclectic Esoteric
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Politically correct speech is a euphemism for propaganda. Propaganda is always a prelude to genocide, mokita protected as reflected in black-on-black violence and a disproportionate presence of planned parenthood clinics in minority neighborhoods.

The bellowing asses brandishing their battered Alinsky toolboxes are not our future. They have not noticed their get-out-of jail free passes have expired.

Peter
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You forgot “that’s not who we are”, the most loathsome phrase to bully people into conforming.

Zeroh Tollrants
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I will straight up sock someone straight in their nose if they ever utter the phrase, “that’s not who we are,” in my presence. I don’t care who they are, or where we are at the time.
I’m old, and I’m willing to do jail time over it.

paul
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that might be who you are but its not who I am

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I always say “What’s this “We” crap?” Us sane people have nothing in common with you barking made parasitic loons”

paul
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we are on the right side of history

Giovanni Dannato
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“Wrong side of history” is one of the most important ones because it reveals how they see themselves as always-right Marty Stu characters in a Hegelian dialectic moving towards eternal progress. They’re trying to tell a story and you’re rudely interrupting them. It literally is a narrative. Think of that diagram we’ve all seen where: monkeys -> cavemen -> humans. When you realize they see you as obstructing that, you can understand why they could exterminate you and feel good doing it. As much as I’ve loved games like Sid Meier’s Civilization, the liberal notions of righteous progress are all… Read more »
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Controlling the language has always been important to the left. I think it may have been the realization of this that drove the Tory Dr. Johnson to write his dictionary. One thing I find interesting is that when the Soviet union fell it became more apparent to them that They were much less likely to be able to impose their attempts at utopia via a political solution, so they moved into the corporate world en masse. It was almost with a sense of relief that they did this. As if God had given them permission to be materialistically possessive while… Read more »
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Join the discussionGood points all. I first became aware of conservatism in the US [I’m in Canada so we had weak imitations at most if that] in the 80s so my knowledge of the history is all retrospective. You can see ways in which it had the character of an insurgency, with the innovative use of direct mail and other things, the building of a policy infrastructure through alternative think tanks, etc. But in the end, they got coopted through such power as they had in the Reagan era. They were either soft-prog wonks, ‘compassionate conservatives’, or basically into cutting… Read more »
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The first signs of decline at NR we’re when people like Whittaker Chambers and Russell Kirk left. Then later on you had the ones we are more familiar with pushed out: Buchanan, Steyn, Derbyshire, Coulter, O’Sullivan. Earlier on you could say that the breaks were over points of emphasis and a desire to seem more mainstream. Later on it was more obvious that they cared more about what the left thought than their base of support or others on the right. They turned into Saul holding the coats of the Pharisees while they stoned Stephen. That’s where they remain.

jdallen
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Ambrose Bierce would have been proud of you.

Dutch
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If white males were to use the term “unity”, it would not mean mass suicide. It would mean Hitler is back. Therefore, the term “unity” shall never be allowed to cross the white male’s lips. Because Hitler. Which is another loaded term.

Zeroh Tollrants
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Welp, I’m a white woman, and I’m saying it. I’m ready for lots and lots of white male “unity.”
I’ve long been of the mindset that things have to get much worse, before there’s any hope they will get any better, & do not remotely believe in incremental changes and/or improvements happening or even helping, if they did occur.
As you might have guessed, people revere me for 24/7 optimism, and funny, sunny outlook on life.

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The progs even have their policing tribunals.
This week John McEnroe commited heresy by saying that Serena Williams was the best female tennis player in the world. When pushed to remove female he said no, that their were probably 700 or so men that could beat her.
The tribunal part comes when he goes on CBS’s morning show and facing those air heads where they push him to recant. You really have to see it to believe it.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qelAJA0AkH0

Drake
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Serena said exactly the same thing as McEnroe in the past.

Zeroh Tollrants
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Shorter-John McEnroe answers question truthfully

Pete
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Brave:. See outspoken

MSO
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Better duck before somebody ‘sends a message.’

Bunny
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Define problematic.

Drake
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= Heretical – somebody call a witch hunter!

Ryan
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I think it has two meanings. One is a contradiction in the One True Faith that doesn’t have a readily available resolution. The second is a minor sin against the Faith by one of the faithful, which can be forgiven if remedied.

Eclectic Esoteric
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Thought bullies must be defeated by intellectual force, lest the verbally castrated republicans elected to preserve conservative values submit us to a Swedish-style feminocracy.

Ralph
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This post reminds me of what a professor of mine used to say, “He who defines a word has the power”.
(The prof was Ray Fabrizio and he taught a class on Propaganda in media, politics and advertising.)

Drake
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Great list. All the magical words and phrases they use are based on group-think. They are ways to make sure everyone in the cult has perfectly synchronized meaningless thoughts.

Normals who think for themselves, assess ideas and others’ opinions, and reach their own conclusions often don’t understand or even register these words. They flow past our ears without registering like a fat girl passing across our field of vision.

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Z- I’ve taken a web sanity break for a few weeks and just returned to these parts. So I’ve been reading back to June 12. A continued outpouring of good, bracing stuff. Makes me feel better and worse about things. Your posts on the PT Barnum Economy and Douchebag Society were especially good. The latter made me belatedly tweet Bret Stephens at some moderate length. I was admittedly only dimly aware of him. What an appalling post-national snot. Although, I concede he may have come up with a new variation on statehood and post national identity which for lack of… Read more »
Al from da Nort
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Wow_! I cannot believe that TROUBLING is not yet on the list. Used to be Tom Daschle’s favorite way of saying something like, “I can’t directly refute what you say/propose, but dealing directly with it does not advance my hidden plans for creating the path to utopia.”

Alternative meaning: “If you’re halfway serious about this, you better bring a lot of lobbyist money.”

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Concerned. That was another favorite Daschle word.

Alex
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Really taking the whole “Field Guide” concept to heart! I love it!

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This will be the Glossary at the end of the book.

Member

You left off a biggie. “Vibrant” = “enjoying the benefits of black dysfunction”.

Member

Outstanding work here, Z-Man.

TomA
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The destruction of language also makes civility impossible because it sows confusion and uncertainty (and by extension, loss of trust). This raises the level of societal anxiety because people don’t know what to believe anymore and must be on-guard against potential danger all the time. Most importantly, this means that we are not going to talk our way out of this mess. Best be prepared for when things go hot, because that course is becoming inevitable.

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The left is damned sure not going to surrender. This is going to be akin to the Battle of Okinawa, i.e. town by town, house by house.

Al from da Nort
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Great Post. I suppose that it’s too trivial to plump for a general default rule to use in the event of encountering a new/revised ProgSpeak term. This rule needs to be source-based. Proposed Rule: If a term/phrase is from a communicant of the Prog religion, then, in the absence of more concrete information, one should assume that it is deliberately intended to deceive the normies.* The default form of deception is that the term effectively means the opposite of the surface words, either singly or in combination. But usually one of the words in the string is anchored just enough… Read more »
MikeW
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Mostly Peaceful – A public gathering where a favored group commits unprovoked violence.

BillH
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For some reason all of this reminded me of the hilarious Vietnam era tape, “What The Captain Means Is”. I checked Youtube, and voila someone has cleaned up the scratchy old tape and posted it there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft4ywx8PhAs

Al from da Nort
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Bill;
Wow_! A trip down ‘based’ Boomer memory lane. Cruising town in my BOQ roomie’s Austin Healy 3000. Hoping not to run over the puddle that would stop the engine. English foreign car technology at its coolest: Good Times_!

Not at all like those enlisted swines’ * 400 hp purple Hemi-Cudas which actually ran, sounded ‘bitchin’ and were catnip to the local townies (IFYKWIMAITYD).

*Just jokin

BillH
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Uh, not in RVN, where I first heard that tape. The hottest thing on the road there was the MUTT. One false move and it flipped and killed you.

MikeW
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Dangerous Rhetoric: Facts that refute the approved narrative.

Burner Prime
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Definitely the word du jour “dangerous”.

Ryan
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I’m going to try to add to the list:

Problematic: A contradiction in the One True Faith that does not have an easy resolution, or a minor sin against the Faith by one of the faithful that can be forgiven if corrected.

Safe Space: A gathering of the faithful and nothing but the faithful. Also no white guys, even if faithful.

Hate Speech: Heresy.

[Whatever] Rights: Special privileges.

Critical Theory: Theology.

Kapper
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How about adding:

Exciting: The feeling the Left gets when one introduces a new idea designed to pull The Narrative further Leftwards. Examples:

White heterosexual males should be denied the right to vote.
Polygamy should be legalized.
President Trump should be impeached and exiled from the USA.

(p.s. Maxine Waters just spoke the last one!)

Eclectic Esoteric
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White american males don’t define themselves by feelings and don’t need to be told who they are or what they believe. Progressives never cease to amuse us by incinerating themselves on this firewall.

MikeW
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Community Activist: Street corner agitator and shakedown artist.

BillH
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Wrong, wrong, wrong: Community Organizer, First Amendment Enthusiast, NGO Executive.

Anonymous White Male
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Hate is another good one. Hate apparently is the worst possible sin that can be committed. Unless, of course, you “hate” the “haters”. Then it is morally justified. How your non-elite libtard that uses this word doesn’t see the hypocrisy in that is beyond me.

Member

Cultural enrichment: being beaten within an inch of your life while through the fog watching your wife and daughter take it up the ass from eight sand niggers, and then being blamed for it all because you triggered them by a white microaggression.

MikeW
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Affirmative Action: Discriminatory quotas used for advancing or promoting under-qualified members of designated victim groups. Synonym: Equal Opportunity

Pete
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Ol’ Remus’ Woodpile Report has a good list of progressive terms. He calls them “Regime-Speak”.

http://www.woodpilereport.com/

Severian
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I confess to having a soft spot for old commie lingo. Right-deviationists, left-deviationists, wreckers, struggle sessions… and the best one, “elimination of unreliable elements,” which as Orwell said meant “shot in the back of the neck, or sent to die of scurvy in an Arctic lumber camp. Our jokes are better — and “Stalin was outspoken” is an instant classic — but as with everything else, our fathers did Newspeak better, too.

Alzaebo
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Liberation of the oppressed masses!
Running capitalist pig-dogs!
So clumsy. Today’s Progspeak is so soothing, so melodic, so feminine.

Oops. I meant gay. Or trans. Or…
Must be that superior whole-brain nuance.

Severian
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Don’t forget the Democratic People’s Republic of Whatever. It’s a joke now, but a great piece of propaganda back then. Not to mention “base and superstructure” and all that — when they pretended to “fucking love science,” they really went all-out. It’s so much easier to pretend to be smart when your propositions take a few Intro Philosophy courses to parse. Nowadays, you can defeat pretty much any Leftist “idea” by saying “boys have a penis, girls have a vagina.”

Chu
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Diversity: No white men! Remember when that hatred was directed only at the WASP in the US the last 40 years? In the last 5-10 years it’s morphed in general disdain of whites. It odd to watch the left try to identify who is actually white in America. Are Italians white – or Greeks, Poles, Arabs, French? Do they have some special advantage over the rest of society and should be blamed for being white. I don’t think many of the sub groups I mentioned are at the top 2%. That’s why this white man shit will backfire on the… Read more »
Alzaebo
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Some days the Z-blog just makes me glad to be alive. Keep ’em coming, people!

Melampus the Seer
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This, +1000

james wilson
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Garet Garrett–People were all the while fixed in the delusion that they were talking about the same things because they were using the same words. Opposite and violently hostile ideas were represented by the same word signs. This was the American people’s first experience with dialectic according to Marx and Lenin.

Timbotoo
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This atrocity has nothing to do with… = it has everything to do with it.

Burner Prime
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I’ve noticed that EVERY SINGLE PBS show narration, regardless of the topic ALWAYS ALWAYS includes the words: diverse, sustainable, vibrant.
A show about flowers? diverse, sustainable, vibrant. A show about hardware manufacturing? diverse, sustainable, vibrant. A show about cooking steak? diverse, sustainable, vibrant.

DriesNK
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“Educate yourself” – usually uttered by a resentful representative of NAM. Because white people had stolen knowledge from ancient Africans and didn’t tell the truth about. But truth about them being kangz is out there!

Dorf
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There was a professor in the English department at the University of Louisville more than 30 years ago that compiled a tome on Criminal Argot. This effort should be quite similar.

J Clivas
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One of your better posts.

Dr. Mabuse
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I didn’t realize that “woke” was a Prog term. I’ve read it on alt-right sites, and since I don’t read Prog sites, I haven’t encountered it in its natural habitat. Are Alt-Righters using it ironically, or are they just picking up the enemy’s weapon and using it against him?

Zeroh Tollrants
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“Woke” is a black term, (and also used by their leftist pets)
sometimes used ironically by the alt-right or the youths,
any other whites who do not understand how to meme it, probably should not use it.
Non-degenerate white people can only become “red pilled,” they cannot become “woke.”
My advice-never say you are “woke.”

Alzaebo
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Egads. We’re not still “raising awareness”, are we?

Dr. Mabuse
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Thanks. I didn’t know the background of the term, so I’ll avoid it in favor of ‘red-pilled’.

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