Swarbrick [swȯrbrɪk] noun – a believer in cataclysmic anthropogenic climate-change

Reprinted in The Oz from The Economist was an article on how English lags behind in climate change word creation. It’s about how across many linguistic groups but unlike in English new terms are being coined in relation to climate change. There we find this:

Van Dale, a dictionary publisher, lets the Dutch-speaking public vote on its word of the year (in separate contests in Belgium and The Netherlands). For 2019 Belgians chose winkelhieren, or “buying local”. The Dutch went with an imported word that has a good case for being the winner in English, too: “boomer”.

As Chloe Swarbrick, a 25-year-old member of New Zealand’s parliament, was giving an impassioned speech on the impact of climate change on her generation, she coolly dismissed a heckling older MP with a curt “OK, boomer”. The phrase was already an internet meme; Swarbrick made it the talk of the offline world as well.

I’m not sure I can actually think of anyone lower on my list of authorities on anything than “a 25-year-old member of New Zealand’s parliament” but let that be. And myself being one of these baby boomers, whose generation has done so much to lower the collective common sense of the planet, I will remind Ms Swarbrick that what she thinks she knows she learned from us, from us baby-boomers, her teachers and professors at every step along the road of her education.

But what struck me even more in the search for a collective term to describe “a believer in cataclysmic anthropogenic climate-change”, now all so common everywhere, is that in her honour such people should be referred to as a “swarbrick”. It’s the brick part that I find so accurate, as in “thick as a brick”, but also because of how lacking in melody and sweetness the term itself seems to be. You’re just a swarbrick, you climate change ninny. Like Victoria was turned into “Victorian”: we would have swarbrick turned into “swarbrickian” in its adjectival form.

I imagine that Ms Swarbrick would take this usage as a badge of honour.

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47 Responses to Swarbrick [swȯrbrɪk] noun – a believer in cataclysmic anthropogenic climate-change

  1. stackja

    If Chloe Swarbrick sees CO2 as a problem, she should stop exhaling immediately.

  2. Nob

    This would ruin the good name of late great violinist/fiddler Dave Swarbrick.

  3. Professor afred Lenin

    We have a lot of words to describe a climate believer , tosser and wanker spring to mind ,I am sure we cats can find many more . TheEcommunist? Did that replace the Daily Worker or Wanker as we used to call it .

  4. Vagabond

    There are so many possible Australian versions that it’s a challenge to list them all.

    Dinatale (or Dimnatale)
    Bandt (or Bandtit)
    Steggall
    Phelps
    Turdball (or any of his appointees including our current PM)
    Hewson
    Krudd – an oldie but a goodie
    Shortarse

    Sadly the list goes on….

  5. Mark M

    There is nothing funny about failed “cataclysmic anthropomorphic climate-change”- unless you’re laughing at the the elites who still push the crap …

    Here is Phil Coorey beavering away furiously in the Department of Truth, confusing Galileo and consensus:

    “Those still claiming that there is no [global warming] link to the fires, or that there is nothing unusual about the weather, are akin to the Roman Catholic lunatics who, in the 17th century, denounced Galileo for heresy and imprisoned him for life because of his belief that the Earth and other planets revolved around the sun.”

    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-is-now-counting-the-cost-of-climate-denialism-20200109-p53pzi

    No matter what PM Smoko says, he will never please fellow doomsday global warming travellers …
    “Morrison says he accepts the science of [global warming] and this week acknowledged the fires were linked.”

  6. I think the word ‘Idiot’ should suffice. And in her case, an ‘Ungrateful Idiot’.

  7. min

    Unfortunately they will beat us Climate Realists if the only things we do is post on Catallaxy , sit at home, because they are the ones who get the publicity . Craig Kelly not counted because he went into the lion ‘s den . The Climate Squwarkers do not and when they do gormless interviewers never ask a hard question such as “Whose research says CO 2 causes global warming . When they say “ scientists” keep pushing and when they can not answer “You are only quoting an opinion” not science”

  8. J.H.

    Ecofascist. Keep it simple and on point.

    Swarbrick and those like her are Ecofascists.

  9. DaveR

    cataclysmic anthropogenic climate change?

    Either way its a crock

  10. Bruce

    DaveR got there first. “Anthropomorphic” (ism) is all about assigning human motivations / skills / behaviours to non-human things, like fish, trees, dogs, ecofascists, politicians, churnalists, etc.

  11. Richard Standley

    Can we start a segment on the Collective Nouns for the new generation???

    We could try the collective noun for a group of “woke climate/social/political activists” –
    given their penchant for gathering together in a large group to stamp their collective feet, scream at the top of their voices, damage property, get in the face of vulnerable old people and yet still believe their’s is a “peaceful” protest …

    My first offering…

    A Tantrum…

  12. Nob

    J.H.
    #3291893, posted on January 14, 2020 at 9:26 am
    Ecofascist. Keep it simple and on point.

    Swarbrick and those like her are Ecofascists

    Like the Christchurch murderer.

  13. Davefromweewaa

    Swarbrik is a good word.
    I try to get the phrase “planet saver ” into almost every text message I send to the ABC.
    davefromweewaa

  14. Rusty of Qld

    How about we all agree with them and shut down all fossil, gas and liquid fuel use immediately.
    You know, “be careful for what you wish”. Do you think this would jolt them out of their idiocy?

  15. 1735099

    “You are only quoting an opinion” not science”

    Try data.
    Isn’t collecting and analysing data “scientific”?
    Apparently, for some, it depends what the data reveals.
    If it agrees with their opinion, it’s fact.
    If it doesn’t, it’s a conspiracy.

  16. yarpos

    OK Boomer usually gets trotted out in blogs when they have nothing to offer. Its just the old regressive tactic of name calling rather than offering anything useful. They think hiding behind a meme is clever somehow.

  17. stackja

    Many boomers parents had bad memories of WW2. Even those that didn’t serve, but most got on with their lives. How many today face any real problems? Maybe their phone goes flat?

  18. mem

    “Climate Grooming”
    What do you call a movement that hides behind a teenage girl’s image and two adult males write her on line material for twitter to attract young people to her site? It is deception of the lowest order and in my book is the perverse act of “climate grooming”. I read that one of these men is a UN funded activist. Read Jo Nova http://joannenova.com.au/2020/01/on-facebook-greta-looks-16-but-secretly-identifies-as-two-grown-men/

  19. calli

    I’ve already used, “Ok, Doomer” to great effect.

    A little more direct and truthful.

  20. mem

    The term “Green Rockspider” springs to mind to describe the perpetrators of this hoax.

  21. Steve Kates

    Thank you for the corrections. Quite liked anthropomorphic anyway.

    anthropomorphic/anθrəpəˈmɔːfɪk/ adjective
    relating to or characterized by anthropomorphism.
    “explanations of animal behaviour in anthropomorphic terms” having human characteristics.
    “anthropomorphic bears and monkeys”

  22. Atoms for Peace

    What Calli said. Doomer.

  23. struth

    The word needs to infer gullibility and hysteria.

    Or two words that express exactly their faults.
    Naming them after someone is way too nice, someone they agree with.
    FMD, why don’t you give them a pat on the head?
    No wonder we lose.
    Heated Snowflakes.
    Gen Hysterics.
    Climate Zombies
    Gen Crapyaduds.
    STORM Twoopers.
    Flannerists.
    Weather confronted.
    Antifarts …….Cowfarts
    Flatulence intolerant.
    Always Airconditioned.
    Weather newbies.
    Arsonists.
    The Nodares.
    Gretables
    ReGretables.
    The Angry Swedes.
    The doomed.
    Climarxists.
    Guterre’s Fart fighters.
    Vegantifarts.
    Fart Fearers.
    etc

  24. don coyote

    I like the “lumpenBourgeoisie”

  25. calli

    Oh, and for those supporting and enabling the odious trannies in Brisbane, “Ok, Groomer”.

  26. struth

    Climarxist is my pick.
    It’s exactly what they are.

    Femarxist I thought I’d invented before but somebody got there first, apparently.

    They are Marxists using Alinsky type activism through environment, Feminism, sexism, Racism, etc, and it should be a word where they know we are on to them.

    Climarxist.
    Femarxist, I think work well, while other humorous descriptors should be thrown in as well.
    Attack!!!!!!!!

  27. Howard Hill

    Unfortunately they will beat us Climate Realists if the only things we do is post on Catallaxy

    We lost this battle more than twenty years ago!
    Until we take back the educational institutions and our children and stop being so nice, we’re toast.

    How about we just call them what they really are? Scum of the earth, EarthScum!

  28. Professor Fred Lenin

    Struth , I like “climarxists “, it has a ring of truth to it ,the climateers are all lefties there is no way they would ever vote for a non marxist party .’
    Change the name of the alp and gangrenes to the Australian Climarxist Party ,the party who cannot stop illegal migrants ,but knows exactly how to change the climate , Yeah right comrades .

  29. struth

    the party who cannot stop illegal migrants ,but knows exactly how to change the climate , Yeah right comrades

    That’s good..

  30. Ubique

    Until we take back the educational institutions and our children

    They’re not all bad. For a school science project my son measured the Heat Island Effect apparent in Perth. The project involved the purchase of an automatic temperature logger which we affixed to a mast on the car driven the length of the Kwinana Freeway from Perth outskirts south to outskirts north in the middle of the night. A lovely bell shaped temperature curve was the result, and just as predicted in his hypothesis, the height of the bell curve was reached as we drove past the CBD. Sad to say, we could find no other experiments made to measure the UHI in Perth. The project won first prize in the school science competition.

  31. Fin

    Surely the ABC and BoM are ready to shift up a gear from “catastrophic” to “apocalyptic”?

  32. Dianeh

    OK Boomer

    The equivalent of the teenage eye roll and about as effective.

  33. Phill

    The redistributionist disciples of Scoldilocks are the same folks who only a few years ago were marching wearing pink knitted vaginas on their heads. Why would anyone take notice of them?

  34. Tel

    Many boomers parents had bad memories of WW2. Even those that didn’t serve, but most got on with their lives. How many today face any real problems? Maybe their phone goes flat?

    Victims of our own success … humans don’t cope well without adversity.

    A lot of people struggle without a sense of purpose … but lack the ability to find meaning for themselves. Born followers if you like, looking for a tough guy to push them around. Religious belief often fills that void, but fewer and fewer people honestly believe in God (by whatever name) and anyway getting on your knees feeling pious kind of lacks a sense of achievement. Believing in some imminent climate catastrophe sounds a bit sciencey, and if you are saving the world you must be one heck of an important person. The whole noble cause corruption … easy to bullshit when you are telling the other guy what he wants to hear. It’s a modern religion for people with empty lives … and there’s a massive surplus of such people. That’s why it won’t die, regardless of how many times the predictions fail.

    Being confronted with genuine adversity makes the decision much easier.

  35. John A

    Fin #3292076, posted on January 14, 2020, at 12:31 pm

    Surely the ABC and BoM are ready to shift up a gear from “catastrophic” to “apocalyptic”?

    Ah, so there we have it: the new expansion of the ABC acronym.

    Apocalyptic Boosters of Climarxism.

    Bit of a mouthful but most expressive. And if they are so wound up as to be flecking spittle about the place it could be modified to

    Apoplectic Boosters of Climarxism.

  36. Perplexed of Brisbane

    Mark M,

    That is a interesting quote you referred to, as it relates directly to today’s arguments re: Climate change.

    “Those still claiming that there is no [global warming] link to the fires, or that there is nothing unusual about the weather, are akin to the Roman Catholic lunatics who, in the 17th century, denounced Galileo for heresy and imprisoned him for life because of his belief that the Earth and other planets revolved around the sun.”

    My understanding is that the church as the temporal power, was defending the scientific consensus of the day, which was geocentrism with regard to the known solar system.

    Now where have we heard consensus recently?

  37. LBLoveday

    The Italians came up with “Gretini” and the Danish “Klimatosse”.

  38. Watch Your Back

    Silly Millies

    BTW, Dave Swarbrick was the best folk fiddler I ever saw.

  39. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    who said supersticion is dead in the west? these gullibles believe anything, karma, negative energy, law of attraction, climate change.

    read me my horoscope please danielle, I need to know what to wear today

  40. Gig Toe Hurts

    Why does everybody doubt global warming/climate change? It’s real! My house in southern Australia remained at 23/24 degrees all winter. (Cannot believe the price of gas though, still paying my winter gas bill ).

  41. Squirrel

    Swarbrick gets my vote – it reminds me of a conspicuously thick and annoying former colleague whose nickname was “the flying brick”.

    As to the “OK, boomer” stuff, it’s already shifting to Gen X – e.g. Morrison – although the Swarbricks of the world tend to think that anyone between the age of mid-40s and death (and who doesn’t agree with them about everything) is a “boomer” .

    The millenial, hipster etc. screamers will be blaming others until they fall off the perch – nothing which goes wrong will ever be their fault.

  42. Faye

    Seems appropriate to call a genuine believer in climate change a “sucker”.

    Any one who plays the game of believing in climate change but doesn’t and at the same time organizes to use it to make millions is a “bloodsucker”.

  43. Siltstone

    Ubique
    #3292074, posted on January 14, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    For a school science project my son measured the Heat Island Effect apparent in Perth.

    Excellent! Creative children are going to see the dead end and boredom of the little red book of climate change

  44. Gary

    The reply to ok Boomer is Ok Doomer

  45. custard

    I used the Swarbrick response today for the first time on Twatter, seems they dont like it up em…

    https://twitter.com/KetanJ0/status/1217697951671255041

  46. I’m not sure I can actually think of anyone lower on my list of authorities on anything than “a 25-year-old member of New Zealand’s parliament” but let that be.

    Anyone in Parliament is basically a boomer.

    Any warming over the last 170 years is minimal, the forcing of CO2 is a second order factor and nuclear power is simply ignored. Multi decadal tax breaks for nuclear would be so much less costly and much, much more effective than virtually all other proposed CO2 emission mitigations scams (schemes).

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