Last wordism

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Last wordism is a liberal tactic used in an informal debate or discussion, resorting in the belief that victory can be achieved by having the "last word." A statement can be identified as last wordism if it adds no new information or substance to an argument. It is intended to achieve its effect through recency[1] rather than through relevance.

Last wordism often betrays the weaknesses of "less intellectually robust presentations."[2]

At best, last wordism is a childish tactic characteristic of liberal style. At worst, it reflects a lack of personal responsibility or bullying, which is a characteristic of wrongdoing or sinfulness. One such example of the use of last wordism by liberals is when a liberal troll on a conservative comment board posts a trolling comment in response to a conservative poster, then deletes the comment, either immediately before the poster can reply or while the poster is in the middle of writing a reply in order to successfully prevent the poster from replying (in the form of an error popping up when the poster attempts to post his reply, saying that the comment had been deleted), in effect getting the "last word," but in reality demonstrating the childishness and the cowardice of the troll in question.

Resorting to a childish Parthian shot is an example of last wordism.


  1. "Recency" is the state of being "recent", as in "most recent."