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Glossary

Bill Wattenburg uses some interesting and colorful words on the air, many of which are also used throughout this site. Some may seem at first glance to be derogatory, but look up their definitions in the dictionary and you will find that the actual definitions, as opposed to what people think they mean, are quite accurate.

bastard
This is the real definition that Bill means when he uses the word: “Spurious; not genuine; false; sham; inferior; adulterate; as, a bastard hope; bastard honors.”
Brooklyn-educated environmentalist
Anyone who thinks he or she can tell the whole rest of the country to do in the name of environmentalism, but who has not actually spent time living in nature, and who thus doesn’t actually have a clue as to how mother nature actually works, and what the natural state of affairs is.
bunghole
According to Webster’s, “The hole or orifice in the side or end of a cask, barrel, or keg, by means of which it is filled or emptied, sometimes shortened to bung.”
capitation
The term used for HMO health insurance companies’ fixed payment per patient per month to a primary care physician, instead of paying a specified amount for specific procedures. According to Dr. Wattenburg, a typical capitation payment is $11/month, with which the doctor must pay for all of his time, tests, and procedures performed. Webster’s defines capitation as “a tax or fee upon head of each person”.
Conservadum
(A contraction of “Conservative” and “dummy”.) A conservadum is, well wouldn’t you know it, just the same as a ‘libiot’, but by accident of birth has turned up in the opposite philosophical camp. Coined by a caller on Dr. Bill Wattenburg’s talk radio program in April of 2003.
Dopeler effect
The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly. FromThe Washington Post’s Style Invitational some years ago.
eco-fraud
A person who either knowingly or unknowingly advocates an environmental position that either does nothing of significance in benefiting the environment or that actually causes more harm than good. Sometimes caused by a combination of idealism and ignorance, but more often the result of greed or a hidden agenda and full knowledge of the harm being caused.
head up your pants leg
Anyone care to provide a suitable definition?
I-Rhoid
Really creative people and scientists use that to describe malcontents who sit on thier lazy asses and chatter that something is wrong with any thing that other productive people are doing, particularly during emergencies. I-Rhoid (or I-Rhoid) stands for “Intellectual Hemorrhoid” —that well-fed piece of usless tissue that invariably pops out of the rear of productive society at the most troublesome times when you can’t stop long enough to cut it off without interrupting the important task at hand. So you are obliged to tolerate it for a while.
Libiot
(A contraction of “Liberal” and “idiot”.) A Libiot is clearly a poor sod easily manipulated with simple imagery and emotional bombast. As a group, they are marionettes who stupidly believe the hair-brained claims of leftist propaganda, while humorlessly affirming to themselves both their own superiority and the evil nature of ‘The Conservative’. Coined by a caller on Dr. Bill Wattenburg’s talk radio program in April of 2003. See Conservadum.
sleepy-eyed technician
Someone responsible for operating a piece of equipment designed to detect non-compliance with PC environmentalism who doesn’t have a clue what he or she is measuring, or very likely how the instrument actually operates, and what procedures might result in invalid data collection.
paper hat
As in “you’re wearing a paper hat”. Take a large piece of paper (the larger the better), roll it up into a cone and tape it together so it doesn’t unroll, and then place it on your head. If you still don’t get it, go sit in the corner just like your teacher used to make you.
yellow-striped, hen-house fraud
This is one whose origin I’m not familiar with.
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