rapture right(er)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Jun 30 15:40:24 UTC 2006

On 6/30/06, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at csli.stanford.edu> wrote:
> caught in The Advocate, 6/18/06, p. 5:
> -----
> Hard-line rapture righters are going to court to sue for what the
> believe is their constitutionally protected right to express their
> religion-based homophobia in public,...
> -----
> "rapture right" and "rapture righter" have (as far as i can tell) not
> been mentioned on ADS-L, but there are *plenty* of google hits for
> "rapture right" (including many "Rapture Right"); no web hits for
> "rapture righter", however.

There are a few hundred hits for the more expected "rapture rightist(s)".

As for "rapture right", it looks to be pretty new. A quick search
doesn't turn up anything earlier than May 2004, when Bryan Zepp
Jamieson began using "Republican Rapture Right" on
alt.society.liberalism and his own website:

alt.society.liberalism, May 1, 2004
Actually, it's the hypocritical chickenhawks of the Republican Rapture
Right who have made an issue of Kerry's decorations.
alt.society.liberalism/Zepp's Commentaries, May 2, 2004
The Republican Rapture Right has created a nation that is suffering
from post traumatic stress syndrome, and they couldn't be happier.

--Ben Zimmer

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