The Volokh Conspiracy

Mostly law professors | Sometimes contrarian | Often libertarian | Always independent


Word crimes against intelligent discourse: twelve words that make me stop reading your article, blogpost, comment, etc.


(12) Neoliberal (unless you're referring to Gary Hart, The New Republic, or the Democratic Leadership Council in the 1980s)

(11) Feminazi

(10) Fascist (except in the rare instance of referring to actual Fascists)

(9) Republocrat

(8) Likudnik (to refer to anyone but an actual supporter of the Likud party)

(7) Congresscritter

(6) Demopublican

(5) Hasbara (for non-Hebrew speakers)

(4) Microaggression

(3) Teabagger

(2) Obamabot

(1) Mansplaining