June 11, 2011

Nuclophobe: "In a rational world, we would look at anti-nuclear activists with the same pity we give to homeopaths and astrologers."

"We ought to take the page out of the left's standard playbook and coin, analogously to the utterly meaningless terms "homophobe" and "islamophobe" (in fact, these terms are so vague and all-encompassing these days thatyou have to beone or the other by sheer logical necessity), the word "nuclophobe" to mean a person who is afraid of nuclear power and therefore opposes it emotionally, even though he (well, usually she) is completely ignorant of even the basics of radiation, or how a nuclear plant works. Actually, scratch that: we might as well define this word to mean anybody who opposes nuclear power for any reason, period." -- The Fourth Checkraise: Perhaps too late for DSM-5
Posted by Vanderleun at June 11, 2011 3:47 PM
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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

You're going to need a notebook to write down all the descriptions for these so-called activists. They're afraid of nukes, meat, gluten, milk, eggs, vaccines, fire, electricity, non-swirly light bulbs, air, water, people without college degrees, degree-holders from land-grant colleges, beer, bacon, plastic bags, paper bags, guns, toy guns, pictures of guns, pictures of toy guns, preachers, mothers, cars, the sun, the moon, and several of the stars. Maybe the word should be Mundophobe!

That said, nuclophobe, or maybe nucleophobe, is a good start.

Posted by: Mike Anderson at June 11, 2011 8:17 PM


Posted by: Mike Anderson at June 12, 2011 5:03 AM

Of course, nucleus is Latin and phobus is Greek, and mixing the two makes it clumsy. That isn't a problem in English, where if a Latin root and a Greek suffix get mixed together they simply have to fend for themselves.

Pirinophobe would be more nearly correct, and would have the additional advantage of confusing the Hell out of the ignorant bastards.


Posted by: Ric Locke at June 12, 2011 5:40 AM

Ric I do agree. Unfortunately, it is impossible to confuse stupid. In order for one to be confused, one has to be able to hold, simultaneously, two thoughts.
Notice I didn't even use the words contradictory or divergent nor attempt to modify them in any way.

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