The Rape of the Word: An Orwellian Lexicon

Racism, Old Meaning: a systematically constructed belief that a certain race or races has/have a superior claim to humanity—to its rights and privileges—as well as a superior compulsion to fulfill its duties. “Lesser” races, like “lower” animal species, may be seen as deserving of fewer civil rights due to their diminished capacity yet deserving of paternalistic protection due to their vulnerability.

Racism, New Meaning: disagreement with the progressive agenda. Since bestowing special privileges on designated races merely and purely because of their racial identity is a prominent part of this agenda, any dissenting view is definitively racist.

Nationalism, Old Meaning: avid support of a political unit having established geographical boundaries and promoting significant traditions and customs among its members. Allegiance to the nation partakes of the same sentimental attachment as draws people—on a smaller scale—to the nuclear family. The nation’s claim upon one’s devotion is viewed as superior to any rational or self-interested affiliation.

Nationalism, New Meaning: any form of resistance to open borders and to the indiscriminate mingling of all the earth’s peoples. Nearly synonymous with racism, inasmuch as support of geo-political borders necessarily contradicts the progressive agenda; hence, for instance, “white nationalism”. The advocate of dividing a nation into separate states where different races, religions, etc., are to be sequestered may or may not be a nationalist, depending upon whether the proposed division gives “protected classes” a better bargain.

Phobia, Old Meaning: an irrational terror of objects or situations, exceeding any discomfort justified by their real threat. A phobia’s origin may nestle in infantile experiences or even precede birth as an element of genetic inheritance; e.g., acrophobia (fear of height), agoraphobia (fear of crowds).

Phobia, New Meaning: resistance for any reason to any item of the progressive agenda. The faithful of certain religions do not oppose homosexuality because it invites abuse of confused people or because it undermines the nuclear family; they are “homophobes” whose opposition has no comprehensible grounding whatever. Likewise for “transphobes”, “Islamophobes”, xenophobes, etc. The suffix is essentially equivalent to the “miso-“ prefix; a misogynist and a gynophobe would be the same creature: an opponent of the feminist agenda.

Hate, Old Meaning: a powerful emotional aversion to a person or persons, grounded in scarcely more rational sources than a phobia. The aversion often does not decline after patient reexamination of its causes—its passionate component is so strong that the object of hatred cannot be made more palatable even if circumstances of a particular misunderstanding are clarified in that object’s favor.

Hate, New Meaning: resistance to any element of the progressive agenda. The opponent of the minimum wage is a “hater” of working people, the opponent of abortion is a “hater” of women, the opponent of the Second Amendment’s complete repeal is a “hater” of humanity, and so forth.

White/Caucasian, Old Meaning: belonging to the sub-species of homo sapiens that evolved in northwest Europe with fairer-than-average skin and, occasionally, such distinctive traits as blue eyes and blond hair. Like all definitions of race, this one is scientifically dubious and has only a practical, descriptive utility, since all “races” are frayed around the borders and also ever tending to relax those borders further. The famous Irish red hair, for instance, is actually a genetic import from Scandinavia; and indeed, red hair and the celebrated Roman “aquiline nose” are traits probably introduced from the Neanderthal species.

White/Caucasian, New Meaning: anyone opposed to significant items of the progressive agenda. Persons whose epidermis would excuse them from ever being labeled “white” in popular usage may nonetheless have “white” attitudes or be “white on the inside” (viz. “Oreo cookie”). By the same token, strong Caucasian proponents of progressivism may “identify black” or, perhaps, perform such overt acts of loathing their skin color that they come to enjoy partial or occasional invisibility as whites. Marrying, mating with, or adopting a person or persons of distinctly darker skin may also be interpreted sometimes as a “white dispensation”.

Right, Old Meaning: a freedom basic to the human being’s special condition as a rational creature endowed with free will and a conscience, whose ability to operate upon material circumstance acquires nuances of good or evil because such operation may (or should) be deliberately chosen. A creature of this unique sort must not be treated as a slave, forced into silence, or otherwise denied the scope to conceive, express, and learn (where that scope does not intrude upon the same liberties in others’ lives). Beings of freedom are an end in themselves, not a means; they have the general right to grow.

Right, New Meaning: any specific license under the categorical freedom to enjoy any and every material benefit available to any member of any society on earth—and, indeed, any such benefit as may be imagined in a progressive but currently non-existent society; e.g., the right to an iPhone, the right to high-speed Internet and high-def television, the right to assume citizenship instantly upon arriving in another country, the right not to have to fear crime or protect oneself against it.

Rape, Old Meaning: an act involving a party of superior strength abusing that advantage to force behavior upon an unwilling weaker party; most often referring to a male’s forcibly dominating a female. Originally not restricted to an explicit sex act, but including, as well, abduction; e.g., the Rape of the Sabine Women.

Rape, New Meaning: any act by a member of either sex that makes a member of either sex uncomfortable and is identified by the “victim” as having afforded insufficient opportunity for protest; e.g., “I felt raped by her scheduling the meeting on my day off.”

Gendered Pronoun, Old Meaning: a pronoun with distinct forms determined by the antecedent’s perceived sex. In English, only third-person singular pronouns (viz., “he, she, it”) have gender.

Gendered Pronoun, New Meaning: a form of pronoun used in the antecedent’s presence which makes that person uncomfortable due to its having assumed his/her sex. Yet since this hypothetical word does not exist in English (“you” signals neither gender nor even number), the offense of misuse must be extended even to remarks not made in the person’s presence—which presumably are reported to that person by a third party with complete context and full knowledge of the user’s intent.

Are you beginning to see a pattern? Hint: try the word “lunacy”, if it still means anything to you.

1 comment to The Rape of the Word: An Orwellian Lexicon

  • This is brilliant. I want you on my show, Action Radio, to talk about it. I wrote a similar article for here titled, A Conservative Glossary. You have written the updated version. Send me a message on our Facebook page and let’s schedule it if you are interested.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner