The Corner

For The Style Book

JPod: May I register an objection to the use of the word “repugnant”? To the best of my understanding, this word is only ever used nowadays as a moral bludgeon, i.e. as a content-free marker word employed, mainly by preening liberal types, as a signal of their own moral superiority, usually in matters of racial acceptance and tolerance. It has, of course, a dictionary meaning, but that’s **meaning**, not **usage**. The current common **usage** of “repugnant” seems to me to demand its complete exclusion from intelligent conservative discourse.

I have previously commented on anti-racist jargon here.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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