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  • n. Plural form of shibboleth.


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  • These things are called shibboleths—badges of identity that signify us as "progressives" and entitle us to a sense of superiority.

    Obama's Jobs Speech: An Early Draft

  • While there’s a danger that those messages will sink in, they differ from the anti-McCain shibboleths in a crucial respect: They can’t help but give an opening for counter-messages.

    The Candidates We Have

  • And worse, with every year these 'shibboleths' got larger and fatter and more delusional.

    Irish Blogs

  • The Labour MSP said he was surprised at the prominence given to some topics on the new website, such as English immigration, the rise of nationalism and SNP "shibboleths" like the removal of the Stone of Destiny and the unsung second verse of the national anthem.


  • "shibboleths" to test all faith, and the one Church -- whatever it may be -- that they regard as "true."

    Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8 A series of pen and pencil sketches of the lives of more than 200 of the most prominent personages in History

  • Yes, European social democracy is in possibly terminal crisis as their wholesale capitulation to New Economy shibboleths renders them obsolete in the post-crash world.

    Letters: Cautious optimism on the left

  • This expansion of vision renders the narrowly defined shibboleths, "patriarchy" and "matriarchy," insufficient for their neglect of the bonds of both non-sexual and sexual same-sex attractions accounting for men flourishing in their own company so well without women, while explaining how it is that women who are gathered together persevere objectification and subjugation so enduringly without more marked and frequent dissent.

    G. Roger Denson: XX Chromosocial: Women Artists Cross The Homosocial Divide

  • Not the way the Washington Post Associate Press spins it, complete with a commentary by Cornell Prof. Daniel Lichter that is completely at odds with the data, but supports left-wing shibboleths about 9/11 and the recent Arizona illegal immigrant law:

    The Volokh Conspiracy » How to Turn Good News into Bad News

  • It clings with determination and desperation to all the old shibboleths of entrenched white privilege and superiority….

    Burial for a King

  • Instead Boehner offered Wall Streeters a shower of conservative shibboleths, stuck randomly like pieces of lint on a serge suit.

    Robert L. Borosage: Boehner: Extortion Is My Game


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  • Why plural? Is there no such thing as shibboleth?

    November 22, 2009