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Bullsh*t, non-English expressions that make people irredeemable to me as soon as they use one. Their original English language meanings have been distorted beyond recognition, and in many cases they now exude that unctuous quality that Our Overlords use to conceal their insidious totalitarianism.

No free thinker as defined as such in 2020 should ever use these cringeworthy expressions. They belong to the mob.

Feel free to add. We need a complete list. I am sick of:

validate

platform, especially as in “give a platform to”

share

problematic

move forward

reach out

story/stories 

conversation

inclusive (x 1000000000!!)

diverse/diversity

community/communities

privilege

listen

support

ally

voice(s)

brown

I am actually tempted to add “white” and “Black.”

Those definitely don’t mean what they actually are.

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  1. Bishop Wash Member

    Any -ize word. Use is better than utilize. People are trying to sound smart by using a big word where a small one works better. 

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    • July 13, 2020, at 10:51 AM PDT
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  2. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    Any -ize word. Use is better than utilize. People are trying to sound smart by using a big word where a small one works better.

    YES. Very astute

    • #2
    • July 13, 2020, at 10:52 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  3. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    I find this post problematic. Please let me know your employer so I can inform them.

    • #3
    • July 13, 2020, at 10:53 AM PDT
    • 12 likes
  4. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    I find this post problematic. Please let me know your employer so I can inform them.

    “Inform” is good, but on the traditional side. See the original Russian, circa 1937.

    Do better.

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    • July 13, 2020, at 10:54 AM PDT
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  5. Tex929rr Coolidge

    “Stakeholder” is one that has grated on me for a while. All of these words have a useful meaning distorted by jargonistas. 

    • #5
    • July 13, 2020, at 10:58 AM PDT
    • 16 likes
  6. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    “Dialogue” which means to sit still and be lectured to.

    • #6
    • July 13, 2020, at 11:01 AM PDT
    • 16 likes
  7. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    Here’s one courtesy of husband: science! 🤣

    • #7
    • July 13, 2020, at 11:15 AM PDT
    • 6 likes
  8. cirby Member

    “Validate” is critically important when I don’t want to pay for parking.

    • #8
    • July 13, 2020, at 11:24 AM PDT
    • 13 likes
  9. Bishop Wash Member

    This article was recently mentioned at Ace of Spades. Explains how these bad ideas get into the mainstream through what they call “idea laundering”.

    • #9
    • July 13, 2020, at 11:29 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  10. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    “tolerance” as in “I only tolerate things and people who agree with me”.

    • #10
    • July 13, 2020, at 11:37 AM PDT
    • 6 likes
  11. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Any academic discipline ending with the word “Studies” as in Whiteness Studies, Gender Studies etc. These are not real things.

    • #11
    • July 13, 2020, at 11:50 AM PDT
    • 12 likes
  12. Bob Wainwright Member

    One thing I’ve noticed recently when commentators or pundits or reporters are saying whatever they say… They’ll be speaking an English sentence that contains a foreign word, such as a word in Spanish.( I think I’ve heard it in Spanish most of all). When they speak that foreign word within the sentence, they adopt the foreign accent for that word, and then immediately switch back to the English/American accent for the rest of the sentence. It really jumps out at you and hurts my ears. Has anyone else noticed this? It’s definitely new, and obviously some kind of a virtue signaling or “I’m smarter than you” thing. 

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    • July 13, 2020, at 11:52 AM PDT
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  13. Bob Wainwright Member

    Horrific.

    This is the word you use to modify any event that could be exploited by the woke, in order to make sure they know you are on their side. 

    • #13
    • July 13, 2020, at 11:55 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  14. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    The word that is the most disturbing to me is…Disturbing. Everything in connection with the Wuhan Coronavirus is disturbing. The actions of BLM are major disturbing!

    • #14
    • July 13, 2020, at 12:02 PM PDT
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  15. JamesSalerno Coolidge

    These uncertain times

    The new normal

    • #15
    • July 13, 2020, at 12:24 PM PDT
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  16. John Park Member

    Kingsley Amis said the worst word of his time was “workshop.”

    • #16
    • July 13, 2020, at 12:31 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  17. Susan Quinn Contributor

    How about “safe” spaces? Fascist?

    • #17
    • July 13, 2020, at 12:53 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  18. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    The word that is the most disturbing to me is…Disturbing. Everything in connection with the Wuhan Coronavirus is disturbing. The actions of BLM are major disturbing!

    Interestingly, leftists are “disturbed” by everything. On our end, I see a healthy return of the adjective “deranged.” Also “unhinged” is proving itself indispensable lately.

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    • July 13, 2020, at 1:04 PM PDT
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  19. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    How about “safe” spaces? Fascist?

    “Safe” absolutely 

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    • July 13, 2020, at 1:06 PM PDT
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  20. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    systemic (The person who first said this thought they sounded VERY clever. Don’t remember hearing it before BLM).

    • #20
    • July 13, 2020, at 1:07 PM PDT
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  21. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    Bob Wainwright (View Comment):

    One thing I’ve noticed recently when commentators or pundits or reporters are saying whatever they say… They’ll be speaking an English sentence that contains a foreign word, such as a word in Spanish.( I think I’ve heard it in Spanish most of all). When they speak that foreign word within the sentence, they adopt the foreign accent for that word, and then immediately switch back to the English/American accent for the rest of the sentence. It really jumps out at you and hurts my ears. Has anyone else noticed this? It’s definitely new, and obviously some kind of a virtue signaling or “I’m smarter than you” thing.

    Spanish is a big crowd pleaser.

    I notice some goofy accents going on: Beto trying to sound Hispanic, AOC and Biden trying to sound black (“you ain’t black”). Remember Hillary trying to sound southern??! 🤣

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    • July 13, 2020, at 1:10 PM PDT
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  22. OmegaPaladin Moderator

    All of these have perfectly valid uses that have been trashed by the Wokandans.

    For example, lists and ranges can be inclusive or exclusive.

     

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    • July 13, 2020, at 1:11 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  23. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    Bob Wainwright (View Comment):

    Horrific.

    This is the word you use to modify any event that could be exploited by the woke, in order to make sure they know you are on their side.

    I don’t know why but I do agree. “Horrific” has a virtue signaling insincere ring. It is a real word though.

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    • July 13, 2020, at 1:12 PM PDT
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  24. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    fake !!!!

    • #24
    • July 13, 2020, at 1:12 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  25. Joshua Bissey Coolidge

    Various forms of pseudo-justice; racial, climate, social, environmental.

    ____ of color

    LGBT, etc.

    • #25
    • July 13, 2020, at 1:14 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  26. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    Joshua Bissey (View Comment):

    Various forms of pseudo-justice; racial, climate, social, environmental.

    ____ of color

    LGBT, etc.

    Oh wow. “_of color” has GOT to go. That is absolutely the worst.

    I propose Ricochets editors take note and kick anyone off who uses one of these idiocies in its new modish incarnation gets kicked off. They can go play on with the lefties on Twitter.

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    • July 13, 2020, at 1:17 PM PDT
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  27. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    Actually I think “gender” has been sorely used. 

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    • July 13, 2020, at 1:18 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  28. Tocqueville Coolidge
    Tocqueville

    cirby (View Comment):

    “Validate” is critically important when I don’t want to pay for parking.

    Off subject: This reminds me of something my dad says when he pays for a parking space downtown. He gets a slip that says Monthly Parker. He says it sounds like one of those newfangled girls’ names🤣🤣🤣

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    • July 13, 2020, at 1:25 PM PDT
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  29. Lois Lane Coolidge

    To add to your list:

    Violence… unless it actually means violence. (There is direct violence, which does not always mean what you think it means, structural violence, i.e. systemic violence, and cultural violence.) 

    Tolerance… until it means tolerance

    My pronoun is… unless you are Pat from that old SNL skit.

    Narrative… unless you’re openly telling me a story. 

    Micro aggressions… unless you’re talking about Lego Wars.

     

     

     

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    • July 13, 2020, at 1:42 PM PDT
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  30. cirby Member

    Tocqueville (View Comment):

    cirby (View Comment):

    “Validate” is critically important when I don’t want to pay for parking.

    Off subject: This reminds me of something my dad says when he pays for a parking space downtown. He gets a slip that says Monthly Parker. He says it sounds like one of those newfangled girls’ names🤣🤣🤣

    “This is my daughter Monthly, and that’s my son Weekly.”

    “Who’s that kid in the corner?”

    “Oh, he’s my nephew Occasionally. He visits from time to time.”

     

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    • July 13, 2020, at 1:44 PM PDT
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