The Conservative Wrong

04 Oct 2007 12:14 am
Posted by: Krista

While I catch my breath after laughing at Donna’s last blog entries (loved the part about Britney, Lindsay, and Merchant/Ivory – which in that series doesn’t belong?), I have to chat briefly with ya’ll about words. 

I’m a word geek.  I love big words, I love making words up*, my favorite word is “perspicacity,” and I’m impressed by people who use big words. (Yes, I have a favorite word.  Don’t you?) 

Having said that, what’s wrong with calling the conservative right the conservative right?  or the right wing, the right wing?  That’s easy enough – the right is wrong (in more ways than one).  I went to dictionary.com to help me out with this one and found that the top definition for the word “right” is:   

1. in accordance with what is good, proper, or just: right conduct.

So, do you see my problem with using that word to talk about conservatives?  That’s why I’ll be calling them the Conservative Wrong from now on. 

And until I can completely disassociate the word “right” from the conservatives, I’ll cease using “right” and will instead substitute other words, like “correct” and “left.”

Left on, my friends!  

*In case you’re interested, my latest newly coined word is “spanter” for spam filter.  Like, gmail has a great spanter.

2 Comments

  1. Comment by Daniel Patterson on October 4, 2007 11:35 pm

    Thoughtful post. Words do matter, a lot.

    Should progressives call themselves the liberal right?

  2. Comment by Krista on October 5, 2007 7:20 pm

    I hadn’t thought of that, but I might try it out!

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