uses his own on-air jargon
on his radio show, The Rush Limbaugh Show
, some of which he invented and some of which he merely popularized. Most are distorted versions of names. All terms are from Limbaugh's radio program unless otherwise cited.
35 Undeniable Truths of Life: Listed in Limbaugh's books and the "24/7" section of his website, these are what he believes to be irrefutable facts of everyday life. In 1993, he changed these slightly because the original list referred to the former Soviet Union
which by then had split up into independent republics.
Addadictomy: Slang for phalloplasty
sometimes performed on female-to-male transsexuals
Beverage: What Limbaugh calls an alcoholic beverage
. From the book See I Told You So
. Algore:Former Vice President Al Gore
. This nickname was originally used in a parody of Count Dracula involving "Count Taxula" (voiced so as to sound like Bill Clinton) and his loyal servant "Algore" (as in Igor).
The nickname "Algore" was used extensively on the show during the U.S. presidential campaign in 2000.
Ali Limbali: Limbaugh's portrayal of an imaginary Middle Eastern version of himself broadcasting from a "secret location somewhere in Northern Afghanistan." Rush's standard "Open Line Friday" was parodied with Ali's "Find a Phone Friday." Anderson
Cooper 180: How Limbaugh refers to "Anderson Cooper 360".APO (Associated Press Obama): The Associated Press
, after many instances of alleged pro-Obama
bias.Assume Room Temperature: Used by Limbaugh to refer to someone who has died, usually for America's top enemies (such as a terrorist leader) or a dictator has died since to use the term otherwise would be quite disrepectful. From the book The Way Things Ought to Be
. After 9/11, Limbaugh occasionally would use the term "assume cave
temperature" for when someone from the Taliban or Al-Qaida has died.Atlanta Urinal-Constipation: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Baba Wawa: Barbara Walters
Bank of Amigo: Bank of America
. Referring to Bank of America offering credit cards to persons without social security numbers, criticized because this practice will benefit illegal aliens. Barry
Obama: Barack Obama
, who went by the name 'Barry' in the 1980s Barack
, The Magic Negro: Another nickname for Barack Obama, who was referred to by Los Angeles Times columnist David Ehrenstein as "the 'Magic Negro.'"
Battered Liberal Syndrome: Analogous to battered person syndrome
, a phenomenon in which Limbaugh claims lower-class people and racial minorities continue to overwhelmingly support liberals and Democrats despite their supposed long history of failing to effect meaningful change for those constituents. Bella
Pelosi: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA). Ben Affliction: Ben Affleck Benedict Arnold
: Harry Reid
Breck Girl: John Edwards
. Though it did not originate with the show, the allusion is to Breck Shampoo
as well as Limbaugh's belief that Edwards is too obsessed with his appearance. Brokaw
Jurassic Park: Former NBC
anchor Tom Brokaw
; Limbaugh compared his return from retirement to being "pulled out of Jurassic Park
Caller abortion : In the early days of the show, an unwanted caller was taken off the air to the sound effects of screams, a vacuum cleaner and a toilet flushing. One caller suggested as an alternative to put the unwanted calls "up for adoption". Finally, Limbaugh explained the true purpose of the "caller abortions" and that instead of people being outraged by these "pretend" abortions, they should direct it instead towards real abortions. From the book See, I Told You So
.Calypso Louis: A reference to Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan
's former occupation as a calypso
: Slang for vaginoplasty
performed on male-to-female transsexuals
News Network (CNN
): What Limbaugh referred to CNN as during the Clinton Administration
, as Rush believed CNN had a pro-Clinton bias. From Limbaugh's second book, See, I Told You So
.Club Gitmo: The U.S. prison for terrorists in Guantanamo Bay
, Cuba and a reference to Club Med
. Limbaugh believes that conditions at the prison are not as grave as those reported by other media outlets. An announcer in a mock advertisement bills it as "your tropical retreat from the stress of jihad." Limbaugh has started selling a line of "Club Gitmo" clothing through his website, sporting such slogans as "My Mullah went to Club G'itmo and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt" and "What Happens in G'itmo Stays in G'itmo." Communist
News Network (CNN
): Limbaugh reference to CNN, which in his view has a pro-socialist way of reporting the news. From Limbaugh's second book, See, I Told You So
.Cuber: "Cuba," as supposedly pronounced by Senator Ted Kennedy
Daficit: Limbaugh would often parody the supposedly countrified pronunciation of deficit
by former Senator Jim Sasser
) during Sasser's tenure as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee
"Dadelut dadelut dadelut!!!": The sound Limbaugh makes when announcing what he considers to be very important breaking news or update. Often used in Limbaugh's radio show and alternately known as trumpet fanfare.
commentator David Gergen
Dingy Harry: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
nickname is a mocking reference to Clint Eastwood
's character "Dirty" Harry Callahan
.Disgronifier: The "EIB Disgronifier" allows users to reformat EIB web pages.
The name comes from a story Limbaugh tells of being tricked by an auto shop into purchasing a "disgronifier" for his car. Also sometimes called "disgronificator." Dittoheads: Faithful listeners to The Rush Limbaugh Show
As Limbaugh often explains in his books and radio show, these are not necessarily those who agree with his views. Rather, he believes they are people who love the show and what he's doing, and hope he never stops doing it. The term came into use because callers would frequently begin by giving praise and thanks to Limbaugh. Knowing that the caller’s and listener’s time is valuable, one caller simply said roughly "ditto to what those guys said (how much they enjoyed the show)." Thereafter, callers were encouraged to simply say, “Dittos,” and then get right to their point. Thus, long-time listeners would begin their calls with “Dittos, Rush,” leading to the term “dittoheads.” The term is also used pejoratively by critics of Limbaugh, who claim that his listeners simply copy his political views without any independent thought. Since then, the phrase has been upgraded to "mega dittos."DNCTV: A reference to MSNBC
, a network alleged to have an obvious liberal bias, alluding to the DNC, or Democratic National Committee
. Drive-by media: The mainstream media. Limbaugh asserts that the mainstream media attempt to ambush their enemies in a manner analogous to that of gang members i.e. in a drive-by shooting
. He also uses the term to claim that the media causes the news rather than reports it, e.g., reporting that a Qur’ān
was found in a toilet which led to riots in the Middle East, or by supposedly creating a rigged poll to report that a politician is polling poorly, then running stories about why people think the politician polls poorly. Limbaugh also claims the media does not try to get the whole story or both sides of a story. Also referred to as the "drive-bys." Dung Heap Harkin: Senator Tom Harkin
). Limbaugh gave him the name during the Clinton impeachment
after Harkin called the charges against President Clinton a "dung heap.
EIB Southern Command : Limbaugh's studio/broadcast complex in West Palm Beach, Florida
. The Rush Limbaugh Show
has broadcast from this location since 1997
. This is an allusion to the U.S. Southern Command
, which is headquartered in Miami. Environmentalist wacko : A militant environmental activist or group who Limbaugh claims are often Democrats
or Green Party
As further explained in his books (the chapter "Decent Friends of the Earth" in particular), these more militant groups are not to be confused with groups such as the Audubon Society
which Limbaugh gives as an example of more mainstream environmentalism.Epidemic Awards: The Academy Awards
, a.k.a. "The Oscars"
: According to Limbaugh's books, this term does not refer to feminists in general. "Feminazis" are those that Limbaugh claims are so devoted to feminist ideology (and the pro-choice
cause in particular) that they are as repressive and hostile to personal freedom as members of the Nazi
party were in Germany. Limbaugh believes that fewer than 25 people are true Feminazis by this definition. Frenchurian Candidate, the: 2004 Democratic presidential candidate
Senator John Kerry
). See also "Jean François Kerry." The nickname, coined by a caller on August 2
, parodies the title of the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate
; a remake was released during the 2004 election campaign.
Forehead, The: What Limbaugh calls CNN contributor and democratic strategist Paul Begala
Fast Eddie: Nickname by Pennsylvanians for Ed Rendell
, former DNC
chairman and current governor of Pennsylvania
, for having his Pennsylvania State Police
trooper/security guard/driver drive at speeds over 105 mph on the Pennsylvania Turnpike
George Lakoff (Rhymes With): A reference to Professor George Lakoff
, a Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and political commentator
Gorbasm: During the early to mid 1990s, this was a term used to refer to the overwhelming excitement for Mikhail Gorbachev
by those who believe he alone brought freedom to the former Soviet Union
. Rush always used the Darth Vader
theme, The Imperial March
, as a play on Ronald Reagan
once referring to the USSR as the "Evil Empire". From the book See I Told You So.
Gore-basm (or Gore-gasm): Suggested by a caller during the second hour of the July 12
show, to recycle Gorbasm
, referring to the excitement one has over hearing or seeing Al Gore
as part of a global warming
item. In response, Limbaugh will consider adopting it
Additionally, a July 10
caller complained that a date was ruined by a Gore-gasm she was having
Golly Candidate, The: John Edwards. This term was coined when Edwards worked for a hedge fund that supplied sub-prime loans. Edwards claims to not know that they hurt the poor, and took the job to learn about the poor. See also Breck Girl
The Greatest Football Team in the History of Civilization: The 1975-1980 line-up of the Pittsburgh Steelers
according to "Rush's First 35 Undeniable Truths of Life"
Limbaugh became a lifelong fan of the Steelers while he lived and worked in Pittsburgh in the 1970s.
H-bomb: The middle name of Barack Hussein Obama
. A reference to the F-bomb
As in, "The H-bomb has been dropped twice here in the last week by speakers who referred to Obama by his real name." Iraq Surrender Group: The Iraq Study Group
. Limbaugh claimed on-air that the group's purpose was to "unite the American people in defeat" and "surrender". Iraqnophobia: Coined by a caller on the April 20
broadcast, this term refers to purported fear and loathing of victory in Iraq by the American left. The caller, a U.S. soldier about to be deployed to Iraq, was inspired to coin the term by the comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
) that "this war [in Iraq] is lost." James
Baker's Fruit Salad: The Iraq Study Group
Report. This refers to Group Co-Chairman James Baker
's appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee
in which he said that he didn't want the report to be picked over by the United States Senate
or President George W. Bush
"like a fruit salad.Jello-O Molds: Name given to "moderates" whom he believes to be moldable like jell-o, transparent, and often stuffed with marshmallows. John McBrilliant: Name given to John McCain based on his choice of Sarah Palin and the result of Palin's speech in the RNC in September 3, 2008. K.O.O.K.S.: "Keepers Of Odd Knowledge Society." Limbaugh's moniker for conspiracy theorists. Can also refer to the fictional anti-soccer organization, "Keep Our Own Kids Safe".
L. Ron Gore: Refers to Al Gore
. (Airdate 5-2-07) The name is taken from Scientology
founder L. Ron Hubbard
; Limbaugh has commented that the climate change movement is similar to that of a cult (of which Scientology is accused of being).Larry King Alive: Larry King Live
Leaky Leahy aka Senator Depends: Senator Patrick Leahy
). Limbaugh gave him this nickname in reference to a 1987 investigation into an alleged leak by Leahy to a reporter regarding information which led to his resignation as Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee
. On January 5, 2005, Limbaugh explained, "If you are leaky, you need Depends. Limbaugh Doctrine: The thesis that only decisive victory, not diplomacy or humanitarian aid, can bring peace; used most often in the context of the ongoing Arab-Israeli
conflicts.Limbaughlogically: to denote the number of years one has listened to the program. Coined by caller Leah Hayes from South Carolina to denote the number of years that she had been “born” into the family of Limbaugh listeners. She called on January 12, 2007 to wish Limbaugh a Happy Birthday and claimed to be his six year old “daughter.” Limbaugh laughed and then asked for an explanation to which she explained that biologically she was 37, but Limbaughlogically she was “six years old.”Lindsey Graham-nesty: Senator Lindsey Graham
) (formerly called "Vice President Graham"), referencing Graham's support for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007
(aka the "Amnesty Bill")
Substitute host Jason Lewis also frequently uses the term, especially when he worked at WBT. Long-haired, dope-smoking, maggot-infested, good time rock 'n roll plastic banana FM-types: Laundry list of stereotypes Limbaugh uses to refer to liberals who don't take care of their appearance and listen to FM radio, typically on college "campii". Loser, the: Michael Dukakis
, unsuccessful candidate for President in 1988. Often accompanied by Limbaugh singing The Beatles
' "I'm A Loser
Mary "Cute Little Baby Fat" Landrieu: Senator Mary Landrieu
). Limbaugh noted on the air that he thought she was cute, that her facial features still had baby fat. The support staff has not let him live it down.
Messiah, The: A nickname for Barack Obama regarding the Democratic party's overwhelming affection of the candidate. Mind-Numbed Robot: Tongue-in-cheek self-reference by callers mocking critics of the show that listeners are unthinking drones. Considered a distinction of honor by listeners. Mrs
. Bill Clinton: Limbaugh says that he uses this nickname for Hillary Rodham Clinton
because it is the nickname she would find most offensive. On March 5 2007
, he said he will exclusively refer to her by this name to emphasize her husband's role in her presidential campaign. My Adopted Hometown: Sacramento, California
NAALCP (National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People): The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP). Limbaugh says that "liberal" refers to the NAACP's almost exclusive support for politically liberal African Americans, while denigrating African Americans who are politically conservative, such as Condoleezza Rice
and Clarence Thomas
NAGs (National Association of Gals): National Organization for Women
(NOW). Limbaugh also plays The Forester Sisters
' song "Men" during updates involving NOW and other feminist groups.
Ned Lament: Nickname (coined on 8/15/2006) for Connecticut Democratic Senate primary election winner Ned Lamont
, whose anti-war
position Limbaugh opposes,
as did Lamont's opponent, Senator Joe Lieberman
. New Fallujah: Auburn Hills, Michigan
, home of the Detroit Pistons
. Limbaugh gave the city this nickname after the 2004 Pacers-Pistons Brawl
at the Palace of Auburn Hills
He recently (2006) indicated on air that out of respect for Detroit area listeners (and the term's lack of context due to the story's age) he will no longer use the term. Nikita Dean: Former Vermont
Governor Howard Dean
. Limbaugh assigned this nickname to Dean in the 2004 election cycle as a reference to Nikita Khrushchev
. Limbaugh said Dean had positioned himself so far to the political left that Vladimir Putin
was to his right.
Ninth Circus Court of Appeals: The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
, noted for controversial decisions that are reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court
more often than those of other courts.
Nostrilitis, Nostrildamus: Rep. Henry Waxman
Operation Chaos: An effort promoted by Limbaugh to cause chaos in the Democratic Party primaries by encouraging Republican voters to either cross over or change parties (depending on state election law) in order to vote for whichever candidate is trailing, thus prolonging the primary process. "Osama" Obama: Senator Barack Obama
(D-IL). Limbaugh uses this alternate name for Obama as a reference to Senator Ted Kennedy
's (D-MA) mis-speak during a luncheon at the National Press Club
(Jan 11, 2005). Kennedy, making mention of Obama's large win during the 2004 elections, stumbled over Obama's first name, stating "Osama bin Laden
, Osama Obama, Obamamam."
Limbaugh has been incorrectly cited as the originator of this 'nickname' by other news agencies, most notably MSNBC and CNN.
PMSNBC: What Limbaugh refers to MSNBC.Puff Daschle: Senator Tom Daschle
), former Senate Minority Leader
. Limbaugh began the use of this nickname after rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs
abandoned use of the name, instead using the stage name "P-Diddy."The Punk: Terry McAuliffe
, former Chairman
of the Democratic National Committee
Bee Nancy (QBN): Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Limbaugh coined this nickname after reading an article about supposed "queen bee syndrome" among working women and claimed that Pelosi's attitude toward her fellow congresswomen (such as fellow California Democrat Jane Harman
) fit the description. Racist
, Sexist, Bigot, Homophobe: Laundry list of insults that are biased misconceptions of most conservatives. Usually used in a sentence as, "As you know, clichés exist about conservatives: racist
. Now, those are all false." Rio
Linda: When "dumbing down" a concept, Limbaugh will begin it by saying "for those of you in Rio Linda..." (Meaning Rio Linda, California
) Sometimes (especially after the 2000 Presidential election
aftermath) he'll also add West Palm Beach
, and say, "For those of you in Rio Linda and West Palm Beach..." or simply "Rio West Palm" for short. On 2007-04-20
, he described it as a town in the vicinity of Sacramento
where he found front yards with two cars jacked up on concrete blocks and washing machines on the front porch. Ronaldus
Magnus: Ronald Reagan
, who Limbaugh believes is the greatest president of the 20th century according to his books. "Ronaldus Magnus" is Latin for "Ronald the Great
Schrools or Schruels: Term expressing the cruel experience of being forced through the public school system; an amalgamation of school + cruel.
Senator "Chuck You" Schumer: Senator Charles Schumer
), during his involvement in the Paulson
bailout plan. Senator Chris Countrywide Dodd: Senator Chris Dodd
), for his alleged conflict of interest with Countrywide Financial
. Senator Dick Turban: Senator Richard Durbin
). Limbaugh began using this moniker after Durbin made controversial remarks on the Senate floor which according to Durbin's critics amounted to a comparison of the alleged abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay by U.S. military personnel, with the war crimes of Pol Pot and Hitler. Limbaugh claimed that liberal Democrats
favored Islamic terrorists
over the United States Military
fighting them in Iraq
Senator Helmet Head: Senator Byron Dorgan
"Sheets" Byrd: Senator Robert Byrd
), former cross-burning Klansman, who Limbaugh refers to as "Sheets" because Byrd is a former "Kleagle
" (Ku Klux Klan
Soup Line America: Sometimes referenced as "the soup-line mentality."
Portrayal of the economy by Democratic politicians and the media as being in a disastrous Depression-era state even when unemployment is low and other economic statistics are strong.
Stack of Stuff: The pile of magazine and news clippings, faxes, and printed e-mail messages accumulated during show prep, background material generally related to the show's daily agenda. Also, a number of relevant web links offered to subscribers of his Web site, culled from a variety of current on-line news organizations, highlighting various issues of the day. St
. Louis Descratch: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Stuck
on Stupid: A phrase that General Russel L. Honoré
(commander of forces in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina) said to a reporter who repeated (and rephrased) a question asked previously by a different reporter. Swimmer
, The: A reference to Senator Ted Kennedy
who in 1969 managed to swim away from his sinking car after driving off a bridge but waited until the next day to call police to rescue his by then dead passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne
Testicle lockbox: An (imaginary) device to hold a man's privates. Limbaugh believes that Hillary Clinton gets very few hostile interviews: When Hillary Clinton is interviewed by the male hosts of talk shows, Limbaugh believes that she puts their testicles in a lockbox
before the program and, if they behave and don't ask her hard questions, they may get their testicles back when the interview is over, resulting in fawning interviews rather than serious journalism.
Top ten female names: Was first referenced on June 15, 2007
- Lauren (or Laura from October 5, 2007 and May 15, 2008)
- Jennifer (or Jenny) (Sep 25, 2007, Jan 28, 2008, Feb 26, 2008 & June 17, 2008)
- Barbara (June 15, 2007)
- Amy (June 15, 2007 & January 9, 2008)
- Kim (June 15, 2007)
- Kathy or Cathy, (August 3, 2007)
- Tracey (August 3, 2007)
- Leslie (August 16, 2007)
- Cheryl (August 21, 2007)
- Elizabeth, but not Liz or Beth (September 5, 2007)
- Susan (September 24, 2007)
- Melanie (October 2 2007)
- Megan (November 5, 2007)
- Tina (November 13, 2007)
- Ellen (November 19, 2007)
- Sarah (December 11, 2007)
- Alice (December 13, 2007)
- Allison (January 9, 2008)
- Morgan (February 11, 2008)
- Jenna, although Rush clarified that the caller's name Gina is not on his Top Ten list... (March 3, 2008)
- Tenisha (March 3 2008)
- Michelle (April 8, 2008)
- Chrissy (April 28, 2008)
- Jane (May 2, 2008)
- Nina -- Added and removed from the list during the same program (June 25, 2008)
- Marcia (August 13, 2008)
- Sheila (August 22, 2008)
- Kaylin (September 24, 2008)
- Erin (October 10, 2008)
As of May 2, 2008, Rush has 28 "Top Ten names..." On February 7, 2008 Rush admitted that he does not know how many names are really on this list. On May 2, 2008 Rush stated that there was no system involved in this list.
White trash cake: Yellow cake with white frosting. This is also Limbaugh's favorite cake (as he revealed on the air on his 56th birthday).
Worst President in All of Our Lifetimes and Beyond, The: Former President Jimmy Carter
Dramatic radio props
- Golden EIB Microphone
- Prestigious Attila the Hun Chair
- Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies
These are often combined to form a phrase Limbaugh frequently uses to introduce himself: "Firmly ensconced behind the Golden EIB Microphone in the prestigious Attila the Hun Chair at the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies." These phrases date back to his days under the name of "Jeff Christie," a top 40 disc jockey in Pittsburgh. The "Golden EIB Microphone", however, is a real object, gold-plated by the manufacturer and presented to Rush.
Nicknames Limbaugh uses for himself
Throughout the years on The Rush Limbaugh Show
, Limbaugh has established several nicknames with which he describes himself on the air.
- Commander in Chief, U.S. Operation Chaos (a.k.a. CINCUSOC)
- Chief Waga-Waga El Rushbo of the El Conservo Tribe
- America's Anchorman
- America's Truth-Detector
- A Real Man, A Living Legend, A Way of Life
- A Weapon of Mass Instruction
- Doctor of Democracy
- The Maharush-Neeshie (or Maha Rushie)
- El Rushbo ("little Spanish lingo, there" in Rush's own words.)
- Chief of the Patriotism Police
- This refers to the criticism by Molly Ivins of him and others in the new media.
- On March 3, 1991, Jon Kleinman wrote a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine stating "Radio is powerful. Limbaugh's views go unchecked. It is my view that he's one of the most dangerous men in America."
- Harmless loveable little fuzzball and all around good/nice guy
- Nickname Rush created for himself in response to the above claim that he is the "most dangerous man in America".
- Talent, on loan, from God
- Limbaugh states in his books that his talent for conservative political commentary, as well as everyone's special talents come from God, and they are "on loan" since we get to use these talents only while we are still alive.
- The man who is running America (you know it and I know it)
- Limbaugh uses this phrase in mockery of a comment made by Senator Trent Lott In June 2007. Senator Lott claimed that "Talk radio is running the country" Limbaugh has long claimed that "he is talk radio" "You know it and I know it" started after a particularly "spirited" caller used the phrase repeatedly during his call.
- The Mandarin of Talk Radio
- Reporter Major Garrett called Limbaugh the "mandarin of conservative talk radio" during a Fox News Channel report on talk radio's influence on the immigration debate on May 30, 2007. Limbaugh adopted the nickname on the air and in radio promos the next day.
- Limbaugh used this description of himself after reading a press release that called men who "embrace the positive aspects of their masculinity or ‘M-ness’ (e.g., confidence, leadership, passion, compassion) without giving in to the stereotypes that give guys a bad name (e.g., disrespect toward women, emotional emptiness, complete ignorance of anything cultural outside of sports, beer, burgers, and athletic shoes)," Limbaugh declared that "[b]y this definition, I'm one." He was incorrectly quoted by Beth Thames in the Huntsville Times as having called himself the "uber-male"
- Having more fun than one human being should