I'm a bit too lazy to sort through all of our group's discussions to see whether this exists already, but it's an interesting topic (to me, anyway). I'd like people to suggest, in whatever language they wish, words that do not exist but ought to. I'll start with an example: I think that English should include a word "malefit" that is an antonym for "benefit". I realize we have "drawback", but it just ain't the same.

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There appears to be no word for an all-too-common trait in humans: Arrogant ignorance. Ignorant and proud of it. Anti-intellectualism covers part of it, but the kind of virulent know-nothingism prevalent amongst Teabaggers is really shocking, and apparently unnamed.
IDK, there are a lot of words in the thesaurus for ignorant that I would use for such people. But you want something with more ummph?

Oh, I know, I know: conservative republican. Perfect.
Well, those are the kind of people I'm trying to describe, even though the GOP hasn't been actually conservative for decades--reactionary, plutocratic, autocratic, and theocratic, yes, but not conservative.

But I digress. Ignorant and its synonyms aren't sufficient. The kind of moron that can carry a sign that says, "Keep your government hands off my Medicare", is who I'm talking about--fantastically uninformed yet quite certain they are the brightest light in the room, if not the last, best hope for human civilization.



Maybe 'teabagger' will suffice.
Well, considering that the name of the movement is itself a deeply ignorant reference to both an historical event and a sexual maneuver, that could fit pretty well. But I prefer a generic term that would apply outside of politics. I think ignoranus does rather well.
amongst Teabaggers is really shocking, and apparently unnamed.

RE: My above comment.

Oh, you already sorta implied that. I guess I only read the first line of your comment.
There appears to be no word for an all-too-common trait in humans: Arrogant ignorance.

Proudignorasininamus? Ignorasininamus? Ignoranus?
Perfect. And it's already on UrbanDictionary. The adjective form isn't there yet, though--ignoranal. "Wow. He's completely ignoranal."
The adjective sounds even better than the noun. And the adverb? "Ignoranally enough, that does make even less sense than expected."
As the world turns ... (from the Wiki):

The Know Nothing movement was a nativist American political movement of the 1840s and 1850s. It was empowered by popular fears that the country was being overwhelmed by German and Irish Catholic immigrants, who were often regarded as hostile to U.S. values and controlled by the Pope in Rome. Mainly active from 1854 to 1856, it strove to curb immigration and naturalization, though its efforts met with little success. There were few prominent leaders, and the largely middle-class and entirely Protestant membership fragmented over the issue of slavery. Most ended up joining the Republican Party by the time of the 1860 presidential election.

The movement originated in New York in 1843 as the American Republican Party. It spread to other states as the Native American Party and became a national party in 1845. In 1855 it renamed itself the American Party. The origin of the "Know Nothing" term was in the semi-secret organization of the party. When a member was asked about its activities, he was supposed to reply, "I know nothing."
Are there any languages that have a gender-neutral word for a person, instead of "he" or "she"? This would make things easier when describing a person when you don't know their gender, they are in between genders, or you don't want to reveal their gender. ("The person I am in a relationship with"!)

I've heard some hippies call it "co" and some other words.

There is overwhelmed and underwhelmed, but there isn't just "whelmed". I've started using "whelmed" in cases where I'm chilled, relaxed, just dealing with a situation with the a balanced level of emotion--not too much, not too little! As in "OK, so you have a new girlfriend. I'm whelmed."
Lots of languages have gender-neutral pronouns for people, because lots of languages lack gender as a category. Finnish, for example. I believe Mandarin Chinese is another and Persian / Farsi is another. Correct me if I'm wrong on the latter two, somebody who knows. Those are just three that spring to mind.

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