Ridiculous Liberal Euphemisms We Accept

 

It has always irked me how liberals control the language of our national “debates.” They are able to do so primarily because they control the bulk of the MSM. A secondary reason, however, is the fact that we conservatives mindlessly end up parroting their ridiculous euphemisms and adopting their vocabulary.

Here are some examples, along with what I think we conservatives should be using in their place. We need to refer to these concepts in a simple, truthful way. Doing so will reveal how the left’s words belie their true meanings.

I know I’m just scratching the surface. Give us your list of the most notorious terms the left uses and what you believe are their correct replacements.

Pro-Choice = Pro-Abortion

War on Women = Forcing others to pay for your birth control

Undocumented worker/American = Illegal alien

Would-Be Americans = Illegal alien

Single-Payer System or Public Option = Government-Run Healthcare

Fetus = Baby to be aborted

Overseas Contingency Operations = War on Terror

Affirmative Action = Opportunities for those who don’t deserve them

Border adjustment mechanisms = Tariffs

Man-Caused Disaster = Terrorism

Workplace Violence = Terrorism at Fort Hood

Raising money = Taxes

Giveaway for the wealthy = Tax cut

Fees = Taxes

Investment = Government spending

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  1. Coolidge

    Diversity = leftist political spoils system distribution of preferences without regard to actual diversity

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    • July 3, 2014 at 9:52 am
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  2. Moderator

    How about these?

    What the left thinks:
    Socialism = fairly spreading the costs and burdens amongst society

    Capitalism = letting profits triumph over fairness

    What we need to say:
    Socialism = Micromanagement of our daily lives, thoughts, and business by self-appointed elitists 

    Capitalism = a Marxist pejorative for letting people live their lives, run their businesses, and think their thoughts for themselves.

    We need to start replacing the word “capitalism” with something more appropriate, like “self-determination”.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 10:16 am
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  3. Member

    skipsul:

    How about these?

    What the left thinks: Socialism = fairly spreading the costs and burdens amongst society

    Capitalism = letting profits triumph over fairness

    What we need to say: Socialism = Micromanagement of our daily lives, thoughts, and business by self-appointed elitists

    Capitalism = a Marxist pejorative for letting people live their lives, run their businesses, and think their thoughts for themselves.

    We need to start replacing the word “capitalism” with something more appropriate, like “self-determination”.

     Capitalism could be called free markets as long as people don’t confuse markets with just the stock market.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 10:57 am
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  4. Inactive

    I would correct “investment = government spending” to read
    Investment = government deficit spending
    In addition …
    Amnesty = Transferring Wealth to Criminals
    Social Justice = Silencing dissent
    Equal Time = Silencing dissent
    Freedom of Religion = Silencing dissent
    … Jose

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    • July 3, 2014 at 11:09 am
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  5. Member

    You are only slightly off on some of them:

    War on Women = Anything a conservative says about women.

    Affirmative Action = Damaging the reputation of all sanctioned minorities with college degrees.

    Giveaway for the wealthy, Tax cut = any downward adjustment of pre-programmed tax rises. ( A tax rate that is scheduled to go up by 8% next year that is adjusted to only go up 7% is played as a “Tax cut”)

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    • July 3, 2014 at 11:24 am
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  6. Inactive

    Tragedy = When evil men do evil things to innocent people

    Complex = Simple things to which I need to add government

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    • July 3, 2014 at 11:38 am
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  7. Inactive
    MLH

    Healthcare = MEDICAL care

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    • July 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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  8. Inactive

    My two favorites:

    Affirmative Action = Race Based Preferences
    Social Justice = Outcome Based Justice (justice by numbers)

    On the hopeful side, grass roots both left and right decry Crony Capitalism; something the establishment left and establishment right find sustenance from. It’s too bad the grass roots are so distrustful of each other.

    Crony Capitalism = Corporate Welfare = Fascism

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    • July 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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  9. Inactive

    MLH:

    Healthcare = MEDICAL care

     
    I’m with you in spirit but what I hear is “No access to Healthcare” when the claim is accurately described as”No health insurance
    Anyone who has been to an emergency room in the last three decades has seen a plethora of people with no health insurance gaining access to healthcare on someone else’s dime.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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    MLH

    Little Ricky Cobden:

    MLH:

    Healthcare = MEDICAL care

    I’m with you in spirit but what I hear is “No access to Healthcare” when the claim is accurately described as”No health insurance” Anyone who has been to an emergency room in the last three decades has seen a plethora of people with no health insurance gaining access to healthcare on someone else’s dime.

    Agreed, but you do mean medical insurance, don’t you?

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    • July 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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  11. Member

    Tolerance = Bullying people into celebrating things they don’t agree with

    Income inequality = people providing services that people value more than others get paid more than others

    Spread/share the wealth = inept, corrupt politicians taking money from those who earn to buy votes from those that don’t

    white privilege/check your privilege = Shut up, cracker!

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    • July 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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  12. Inactive

    MLH:

    Little Ricky Cobden:

    MLH:

    Healthcare = MEDICAL care

    I’m with you in spirit but what I hear is “No access to Healthcare” when the claim is accurately described as”No health insurance” Anyone who has been to an emergency room in the last three decades has seen a plethora of people with no health insurance gaining access to healthcare on someone else’s dime.

    Agreed, but you do mean medical insurance, don’t you?

    I meant what I wrote. Please illustrate the broad distinction between the terms Heath Care = Medical Care, and Health Insurance= Medical Insurance and I may be open to modifying my view.
    I hope you have more in mind than simple semantics.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm
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  13. Member

    Generally, when you hear the words “access to” it means “free.” For example, “access to” birth control means “free birth control.” “Denying access to” means “refusing to provide it for free to whoever demands it.” (“Free” of course means “paid for by taxpayers.”)

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    • July 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm
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  14. Contributor

    “Carbon pollution” used in place of “carbon dioxide, a vital component of the earth’s atmosphere, without which all life–plant, animal and human–would die.”

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    • July 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm
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    PJ

    Budget cut = reduction in the rate of growth of spending

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    • July 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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  16. Member

    Controversial = anything or anyone the Left doesn’t like and you shouldn’t either. 

    Unexpected = Bad news coming down the pike that we knew about but pretend like we didn’t.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm
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  17. Inactive

    Social darwinism = laissez-faire
    Tax expenditure = tax cut
    Income inequality = never corrected to include output inequality
    Capitalism = anything short of total communism
    Racist = the neo-racist’s method of slurring a race he despises
    Undemocratic = anything in which conservatives have an equal voice

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    • July 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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  18. Contributor

    There’s an app for that. Choose “Red Meat” for saignant results.

    I shall have to add some of these translations.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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  19. Thatcher

    infrastructure project or infrastructure bill = a method of passing law to allocate tax money of which only 3% will go to the intended purpose and the other 97% go to political cronies.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm
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    AIG

    Living Wage. 

    I’m not clever enough to come up with something, so I’ll leave it to the professionals.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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  21. Thatcher

    Gay = Homosexual. I have decided never to use “gay” in any context. My niece is homosexual.
    “Making a mistake”=doing something wrong and getting caught. The majority of politicians of both parties who get caught, in their “apologies” nearly always say that they made mistakes.
    Fairness: We instead of You get to decide who gets what in society.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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  22. Member

    The most important thing to remember if you want to win a war of words is to be pithy. Not sure how well I can do, but let me try:

    Pro-choice side =pro-choice about honesty side.
    Campaign reform=censorship.
    Separation of Church and State = Many entries are possible. 1) Anti-Catholic prejudice. ( That is what it meant in the Fifties, but the meaning has broadened lately to include prejudice against other groups.) 2) Censorship. 3) A constitutional principle permitting liberal churches to influence public policy, but barring conservative churches from same. (not pithy, I’m afraid.)
    Political correctness: All in favor of our broad-minded liberal reform say Aye. All opposed, shut up.

    Sorry, I am a dead loss when it comes to pithiness, but maybe I could write fortune cookies?

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    • July 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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  23. Member

    AIG
    Living Wage.

    I’m not clever enough to come up with something, so I’ll leave it to the professionals.

    Not a professional but Living Wage = Higher baseline for union wage negotiations.

    Also, Living Wage = Fewer jobs for minorities, teens and those entering the job market but still jobs for illegals paid under the table.

    (Oh, and Football = Soccer.)

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    • July 3, 2014 at 5:11 pm
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  24. Member

    Oh, something that is getting me riled now. The whole “war on women” deal. The left has been pretty free about calling Republicans fascists. Maybe we should point out that any law that requires someone to become an accomplice in murder is a fascist law. And anyone who supports such a law is a fascist? Or am I going too far?

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    • July 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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  25. Coolidge

    This is amusing, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with playing this game. But I do think it misses the real point, which I’ve ranted about before. The problem is not that the Left and Right use different terms to refer to the same things; it’s that they aren’t even talking about the same things. No meaningful debate is possible as long as the two sides are talking past each other. (And I don’t see that changing anytime soon.)

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    • July 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm
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  26. Inactive

    RushBabe49:

    …“Making a mistake”=doing something wrong and getting caught. The majority of politicians of both parties who get caught, in their “apologies” nearly always say that they made mistakes…

     My favorite is when they just say “Mistakes were made”, as if they just sprouted like mushrooms after a heavy rain.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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  27. Inactive

    Working Americans = Any Democratic Party voter

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    • July 4, 2014 at 4:27 am
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  28. Coolidge

    Theodoric Freiberg: Investment = Government spendingLittle Ricky Cobden: Crony Capitalism = Corporate Welfare = Fascism
    LRC left out that the term is used by the left only for relatively mild interference in the market that they do not like or even for stuff that is not interference in the market. It does not get applied to even more extreme interference on behalf of their allies such as Solyndra, GM…

    The sad thing is that much of fascism involved subsidizing things that actually worked. Many leftist beneficiaries such as Solyndra et al. were more of a Potemkin capitalism that had no chances of working.

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    • July 4, 2014 at 6:08 am
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  29. Coolidge

    Blue State Curmudgeon:

    Working Americans = Any Democratic Party voter

     Quite often the people they’re talking about are neither of those things. 

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    • July 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm
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  30. Member

    There’s nothing inherently wrong with my two nominations other than that Obama and his goons have trademarked them, the way the Nixon administration trademarked “at this point in time” for those old enough to remember.

    1. “Folks” — Correct me if I’m wrong, but, with the possible exception of Bill O’Reilly, most media types and people in general used to refer to us simply as “people” or “Americans”. Maybe “folks” fits in Tennessee but not in New England, on Fox News or, I would think, in Hyde Park. Obama has popularized it, so now I find it grating.

    2. Starting a sentence with “So”. Sure, lots of us do it now, but it’s particularly prevalent among Obama spokespeople who are about to lie to you. Dead giveaway!

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    • July 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm
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