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Libtard

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Anyone who uses the word "Libtard" has already demonstrated their level of intelligence, and it's nothing to write home about.
—The Christian Left[1]

Libtard is a ham-fisted portmanteau of the words "liberal" and "retard".[2]

It is used as a snarl word to refer to a person who identifies as a liberal and/or supports liberal causes. Or, more aptly put — to anyone not sufficiently conservative, as measured by fans of Fox News personalities, or far right AM radio hosts.[note 1]

It is almost always people of low intelligence and/or maturity who use the term "libtard" in a non-ironic way to refer to other people, making the "tard" element of it a form of psychological projection. Furthermore, those who use it seem unaware that, instead of insulting their intended targets, they are actually being more offensive to people with intellectual disabilities, in the same way as using the r-word on its own would be.[3]

The term is best used in conjunction with an unfunny meme, dubious info-graphic or fake news article.[4]

In August 2017, the term was the main response Paul Joseph Watson had to offer[5] when his laughably ironic speculation that George Orwell would hate Antifa was corrected.[6]

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  1. Interestingly and perhaps tellingly, the corresponding neologism "conservatard" is nowhere near as widely used, despite being a somewhat smoother portmanteau due to the "t" in "conservative".

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