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  • AnCap — (noun) Anarcho-capitalist or Anarcho-capitalism.
  • Aspie — (n)* a reference to Asperger's syndrome sometimes invoked as a (tasteless) insult against other RationalWiki users. "Aspie virgin fascist [or authoritarian] cunt" was the full-length version favoured in olden days.
  • Automagic — (adjective; adv. form automagically) — resulting from technical wizardry.
origin — BizMarkie. See also the Jargon File.[1]
Incidence — many wikis, including RW and TOW


  • Banhammer: The most dreaded form of punishment on Conservapedia, aside from having them sic the FBI on you. Is most often used by Karajou, as a result of his extreme paranoia and insecurity.
  • BoN — (n) — An editor who has not joined or is not logged in, identified only by their IP address — a bunch of numbers. Usually just here to make a few sporadic edits, never to return. A blend of lurkers, grammar Nazis, and trolls. Often found on the saloon bar and talk pages.
Alternatives — if the grammar works better, "abunchofnumbers". (other random versions that occur: bunchofnumbers, bunchanumbers, buncho'numbers , BON, Bon, bon, bon-bon, buncho).
  • Bork — (v)* Synonymous with the verb "break". Hence "it's borked", "you borked it you daft ****" and so on.
Origin — Probably somewhere around Urban Dictionary; possible link to Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court; or a typo for "broken".[2]
Incidence — Whenever Trent (User:Tmtoulouse) spilt coffee on the server.
Alternative — Doggos say this.
  • Bunchofnumbers — (n) see BoN above.
  • Butthurt — (adj) pejorative term for offended, implying that one's butt hurts from having been properly spanked
Incidence — RationalWiki:Pissed at us, and more generally all over the interwebz.


See also Fun:The truth about RationalWiki


See also: {{DFTT}} produces Troll
Also see also: {{DFTT|concern}} produces Concern Troll


  • EC — short for "edit conflict" (see below) — indicates that someone else posted before one could finish writing their post. It usually means that the new post may repeat some of the points of the slightly-older one. Often lowercase (ec).
Incidence — within parentheses or sometimes square brackets preceding a post whose making entailed an edit conflict.
  • Edit conflict — (n) what happens when someone else has saved a change to the page after you started editing and their changes are incompatible with yours. As a result, when you try to save your version, MediaWiki displays an "edit conflict" page that is theoretically supposed to help you reconcile the two changes. Remarkably annoying, especially when occurring multiple times in the making of one edit.
Incidence — Most frequently high-traffic discussion pages such as the saloon bar, but possible on any page which draws the attention of two editors at about the same time. Likelihood notably decreased when everyone uses section edit links instead of hitting the edit tab up top. Do it.[3]
  • Evilutionist* — (n) The opposite of Cretinist; another hilarious term invented by those wacky YEC guys to describe someone who thinks that the Book of Genesis is just a fairy story (although there are no faeries in the aforementioned), or at least interprets it in a manner requiring reading skills beyond those of a kindergartner.


  • Fnord — if you can see this, you already know.
  • FUD — Fear, uncertainty, and doubt.


  • Goat — (n) — the RW mascot. Pioneered by User:DocSock, goats are ubiquitous on RW. For example, when asked which Deathly Hallow one would have, the vast majority of respondents replied 'goat'.
Incidence — Rationalwiki
  • Godspeed!!!* — (v. imp.) — either a cheery "see you later" or a devious way to say "go fuck yourself".
Incidence — Conservapedia
Origin — Andrew Schlafly's talk page, infected a few other sysops. And us.
Occasionally perverted as: God's peed (God has urinated — geddit?).
  • Goatspeed!!!* (v. imp. lulz) — It had to happen.
Incidence — RationalWiki
Origin — Human, but ownership immediately transferred to Docsock/PalMD.


  • Headless Chicken Mode — (n) — A state of internal confusion and destruction.
Origin — Pioneered by "False Flag." on RationalWikiWiki.



Incidence — RationalWiki.


  • Ken — (v)* — to edit in the manner of Ken Demyer; i.e. to make an inordinate number of small edits to do what should have been achieved in one, using "preview". On RationalWiki the practice is frowned upon,[dubious] and if it inadvertently happens it is usually apologised for in the edit comment.



  • Machismo* — (n. pronounced: ma-cheese-moh) — a state of extreme manliness found only in creationist nerds.
Origin — Conservative, Conservapedia.
Incidence — Shockofgod's YouTube videos.
  • Missional — (adj) Relating to or furthering RationalWiki's mission. Not to be confused with missionary (as in the, erm, position).
Incidence — RationalWiki, usually in the midst of either an assertion that x is not missional or an argument that x is more missional than y, where y is almost invariably the subject of a five-sentence stub which, due to inaction, has not yet been deleted. As RationalWiki lacks a formal notability criterion, a subject's missionality or lack thereof is central to determining whether or not it should have an article.
  • Mission drift — (n) the perceived tendency for RationalWiki to cover an ever-growing (or, as some argue, ever-shifting) set of topics, in spite of the lack of official, codified change to its mission.
Incidence — the words of the old guard, wistfully longing for the old days.
  • Moonbat — (adj; n) — a left-winger, often with environmental connotations. Compare — 'moonraker', and hence connotations of head-in-the-sky thinking. It's also reminiscent of Governor Moonbeam.
Origin — mangling the surname of the noted environmentalist George Monbiot (now, kids, repeat after me: MON-BEE-OH)
Incidence — Blogs 4 Brownback
  • Mop and bucket — (n phrase) tools issued to sysops for cleaning up after wandals. Commonly shortened to mop.
  • MRA — (n) Men's Rights Activist.

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Origin — "I do know, with 95% certainty, what your positions are on classroom prayer and evolution. The 95% confidence level is all that science requires."
— Andrew Schlafly[4]
Incidence — Conservapedia, Rationalwiki


  • Oh noes! — (exclamation) — wail of person who has just discovered an unfortunate event. Sometimes spelled onoz! or ono! instead.
Incidence — bold text (bonus points for bold italic text), often between the imaginary tags <sarcasm> and </sarcasm>, as in the message displayed to blocked users.
  • Old guard — (n) RationalWikians who have been around a long time and/or are resistant to change. Depending on context (and on who utters the phrase), it may mean the few remaining members from the site's founding period in 2007, or just anybody who's been onsite for more than a year or so, or one of several in-between meanings which will only grow in number as RW grows in age.
Incidence — complaints about resistance to rather goofy yet sweeping changes, or sometimes (with decreasing frequency) greetings issued by old guardsmen to old guardsmen.


  • PIDOOMAPulled It Directly Out Of My Ass. or argumentum ex culo
  • Poe — (n) — a persona or statement subject to Poe's Law. Also "to pull a Poe".



  • Ratwiki — (n) mocking corruption of "RationalWiki"
incidence — One of the dozen or so blogs Denyse O'Leary pretends is "journalism".
origin: Hojimachong's Parthian shot to Andrew Schlafly.
  • RW 1.0 (n, fabled) — the semi-private precursor to RationalWiki 2.0/2.1, ca. 2/07-5/07.
origin: RationalWiki 2.0
incidence: RationalWiki 2.0, 2.1
  • RW 2.0 — (n) RationalWiki 2.0, the version of RW which succeeded RW 1.0. If the current version is considered 2.0, the term simply indicates RW once it became an actual quasi-encyclopedic wiki; if the current version is considered 3.0 or later, the term indicates RW after said transition but prior to either some supposed massive shift in site goals, culture, etc. or some (actually demonstrable and documented, unlike the former) process of old users leaving/new users joining.
  • RWF — abbreviation for RationalWiki Foundation, the old name of the entity which is now the RationalMedia Foundation.


  • Seekrit — (adj.) — bastardization of "secret", to imply that something is "secret", but really not that cool at all.
Origin — intarweb history
Incidence — Discount accusations of cabalism
  • SJW — (n) Social Justice Warrior.
  • SLAPP suit — (n) Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.
  • Snark — (v , n) — a sarcastic or snide remark inserted into an article. Generally used in place of logic.
Origin: Portmanteau of snide and sarcasm or "snide remark", but possibly with reference to Lewis Carroll (Hunting of the…)
Incidence — Rationalwiki, Blogs 4 Brownback, Republican Faith (blog), Television Without Pity.
See also SPOV — Snarky Point of View
  • Sock — (n) — a duplicate identity, esp. on a wiki, used for perpetrating mischief and/or evading blocks. It is short for "sockpuppet". On RationalWiki, the term is also used for benign alternate accounts of established users, which are usually tolerated, unless multiple accounts belonging to one user are used to vote on an issue, in which case a turdblossom almost invariably ensues.
Incidence — discussion of mod/board elections, serious block log entries (for socks of previously blocked/otherwise problematic users), and joking block log entries (accusations of being a sock of Trent Toulouse, or accusations of not using multiple accounts).[5]
  • Spork — (formerly n, now v) — to appropriate a piece of wikisyntax from one wiki to another. This isn't IP theft, but rather finding a way that someone has done something neat, appropriating the code, gutting it, and turning a bastardised version of it to one's own use. Contrast forks (of which "spork" is a play on words), which are exactly the same as the original, or at least start out that way.
Incidence — RationalWiki (almost all of the Template namespace), Uncyclopedia
Origin — Made up by Uncyclopedia user Evice[6] (RationalWiki user GastonRabbit) to avoid plagiarism when parodying Wikipedia articles, at least for pages explicitly called sporks.


  • Technical support — (n) short form of RationalWiki:Technical support; generally used as a euphemistic way of telling other editors to start drinking their technical sorrows away.
  • tldr — too long, didn't read
  • TOW — (n) the other wiki: Wikipedia. Also sometimes phrased teh wikipeds.
Incidence — RationalWiki, along with many other wikis, excluding Wikipedia itself, of course.
  • Troll — (n) like a vandal, another class of user who does not have the best interest of the site he is attacking at heart. Makes comments (or asks questions) designed to inflame or irritate other users, attempts to start arguments, or presents insincere arguments designed to be a nuisance for the site's more benevolent users. More sophisticated trolls may make posts of a harmless or even beneficial nature in order to lull the moderators/sysops into a false sense of security before starting a divisive & negative campaign. See TK.
  • Trollance — (n) the spoor of a troll. See "vandalism"
Origin — invented by SusanG, 06:55, 12 December 2007 (EST)
  • Turdblossom — (n) defined by RationalWiki:Turdblossoms as a page meant specifically to address conflicts, one of which is created every time we have a [major] conflict on the wiki. Characterized fairly accurately by Template:Turdblossom as a discussion which has descended into petty snipping and trolling idiocy.
Incidence — semi-nostalgic recollections of such arguments, warnings about the direction of ongoing discussions.
See also Karl Rove.


Origin — Wikipedia where he claims (accurately) to be the 188th editor: as if that made his views more pertinent.
Incidence — User 188 asks a creepy question about young girls. (using the creepy sig "Uncle Ed")



  • Wandalism — (n)* Can mean funny vandalism or even a good edit.
Pioneered by "Somewhere on the Net" but popularized here by user Human.
(from wiki vandalism)
Incidence — Rationalwiki
  • WOMBATWaste Of Money, Brains And Time
  • Weapon of [noun] (esp. weapon of gun)* — (n phrase) Often qualified with the adjectival phrase "largely defensive".
Origin — Just a nonsense prefix ("weapon of gun" = "gun") that Andy coinedimg during one of his anti-liberal rants.
Incidence — Teh Wiki of Rational, with decreasing frequency.
Origin —  Rationalwiki.
Incidence — Rationalwiki.
  • WND — (n) World Net Daily, or more accurately Wing Nut Daily.



  • YEC — (n) Young Earth Creationist.


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  1. Automagically, The Jargon File.
  2. Borken, Jargon File, 4.4.7
  3. For bonus points, you can find scripts that add a link to edit the lead section only. This can be very useful with frequently-edited articles, as it means you need not edit the entire page's text just to alter the lead. Equivalent functionality can be attained by navigating to https://rationalwiki.org/w/index.php?title=foo&action=edit&section=0 manually.
  4. User talk:Aschlafly on Conservapedia
  5. See MediaWiki:Ipbreason-dropdown for exact texts.
  6. The date makes me feel old.

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