We need some new words in the English language, to describe personality types and behaviors which we run into all the time since the invention of the Internet. Most of this stuff is displayed by our friends on the left side of the socio-political spectrum, but I can’t help that.
I don’t know what the new words ought to be, but here are the definitions that we need them for.
1. Visiting a website with an obviously conservative slant, gratuitously insulting the owner and his readers, and then crying “foul!” if the owner responds in kind. It’s sort of the cyber equivalent of entering someone’s living room, peeing on the furniture, and getting all wounded and cheesed off when they call you a slob.
2. Saying asinine things that are effortlessly demonstrated to be completely untrue, and becoming furious with people who don’t believe you. Like insisting that 2015 is having an incredibly warm winter, and then throwing a tantrum at people who can’t open their front doors because of all the snow piled up against them.
3. The bizarre lefty habit of flying into a rage at even the most insignificant and ineffective opposition, and being utterly unable to be at peace until that tiny bit of opposition is crushed.
4. Railing interminably against God, spewing venom against Him, while all the time asserting He does not exist.
5. Rigorously taking away other people’s choices while presenting oneself as “democratic” and committed to “diversity,” all the while trying to wipe out diversity.
Well, okay, you get the idea. It’d be nice if we could just say, “So-and-so is glumping again,” and everybody would know that So-and-so was up there storming and fuming because he declared “scientists are above ideology” and nobody believed him.
Surely our American English is equal to the challenge.