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"Childish" — the Conservative American internet insult of choice

"Childish" seems to be the favored way for online conservatives to disparage somebody's opinion ad hominem.

The insult is quite similar to the feminists' use of "misogynist." These words of no specific meaning are a punch in the gut for most people who encounter them. They are the touch of a dirty finger on one's heart, and a weapon. They're meant to hurt or disable, and to stop a person from going further.

Pimply kids and young men have "moron." Nobody talks that way to real people. Conservatives have "childish."


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