New Word: Sixties-ism

The word-hoard of the English language keeps growing, as new words come into existence and into our vocabulary. This article–Harold Meyerson – Back to The ’60s – washingtonpost.com–gives us “Sixtiesism,” which could be defined as a reversion to the issues and mindset that characterized the 1960′s. The article also coins a related word: Sixties-ization. Meaning imposing the issues and mindset of the 1960′s on contemporary times or on an individual.

The author is using those terms to analyze the current Democratic presidential race, as all of those elderly Sixties survivors–Rev. Wright, those Weather Underground terrorists–and the Sixties issues of Civil Rights and Peace are being injected, for better or worse, into today’s campaigns.

Still, the words are the best part of the argument. So what are some other examples of Sixtiesism? Of Sixtiesization?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Bruce

    “Did I mention I fought in the VietNam War?”
    -John Kerry

  • Bruce

    “Did I mention I fought in the VietNam War?”
    -John Kerry

  • Richard Lewer

    What about the 60′s warmed over music that is called contemporary worship?

  • Richard Lewer

    What about the 60′s warmed over music that is called contemporary worship?

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Talk about sixtiesization! The other night on Jay Leno the musical guest was truly something to behold. I think it was a special earth day band called Goldfrapp. They looked and sounded straight out of the sixties complete with weird clothes, crazy sixties dancing and no shoes. It was horrifying!

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Talk about sixtiesization! The other night on Jay Leno the musical guest was truly something to behold. I think it was a special earth day band called Goldfrapp. They looked and sounded straight out of the sixties complete with weird clothes, crazy sixties dancing and no shoes. It was horrifying!

  • Bruce

    Have you seen the nostalgic Volkswagen ads running lately? A sixties band, a VW bug, and some personality discussing the relevance of both.

  • Bruce

    Have you seen the nostalgic Volkswagen ads running lately? A sixties band, a VW bug, and some personality discussing the relevance of both.

  • Anon

    The sexual and ideological revolution of the “60s” (reallly the early 70s) won, and governs the behavior of most Christian singles, the thought-forms and worship in many megachurches, the Democrat Party, half of the Republican party, the NEA, the government schools, and most colleges and Universities -including the Lutheran ones, at least in some departments and sites. Not all. Theology seems to be relatively safe.

    60sism is a clunky construction, though. What should it be called? Pantheistic? Existentialistic?

    As to Earth Day, let me wish all a happy *Arbor Day* today, and encourage planting some shrubbery, as the the Knights who say “Nee” insist. If it isn’t raining where you are.

  • Anon

    The sexual and ideological revolution of the “60s” (reallly the early 70s) won, and governs the behavior of most Christian singles, the thought-forms and worship in many megachurches, the Democrat Party, half of the Republican party, the NEA, the government schools, and most colleges and Universities -including the Lutheran ones, at least in some departments and sites. Not all. Theology seems to be relatively safe.

    60sism is a clunky construction, though. What should it be called? Pantheistic? Existentialistic?

    As to Earth Day, let me wish all a happy *Arbor Day* today, and encourage planting some shrubbery, as the the Knights who say “Nee” insist. If it isn’t raining where you are.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Anon (@5), Monty Python also came from the (very) late 60s and early 70s. They also have been overexposed, their humor and genius notwithstanding.

    And, nerd that I am, I feel compelled to point out that the commonly accepted spelling is “Ni!” And that shrubs aren’t trees. And that today is only Arbor Day at the federal level. Each state celebrates its own Arbor Day at a time set by the states — Oregon actually celebrates Arbor Week, the first full week of April. Or so I found out upon looking it up just now; first I’d heard of it.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Anon (@5), Monty Python also came from the (very) late 60s and early 70s. They also have been overexposed, their humor and genius notwithstanding.

    And, nerd that I am, I feel compelled to point out that the commonly accepted spelling is “Ni!” And that shrubs aren’t trees. And that today is only Arbor Day at the federal level. Each state celebrates its own Arbor Day at a time set by the states — Oregon actually celebrates Arbor Week, the first full week of April. Or so I found out upon looking it up just now; first I’d heard of it.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Automakers have been revisiting designs from the 60s quite a bit as of late, from the VW Bug to the Ford Mustang, Dodge Charger, and the new Chevy Camaro concept car. I guess we get 60s designs with 70s fuel costs.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Automakers have been revisiting designs from the 60s quite a bit as of late, from the VW Bug to the Ford Mustang, Dodge Charger, and the new Chevy Camaro concept car. I guess we get 60s designs with 70s fuel costs.

  • allen

    The lack of military conscription presents a limit on Sixtiesfication today. Except for the TV ads and stuff.

  • allen

    The lack of military conscription presents a limit on Sixtiesfication today. Except for the TV ads and stuff.

  • CRB

    How about that wonderful 60′s songs by the Beatles before they broke up: “All You Need is Love”?!

  • CRB

    How about that wonderful 60′s songs by the Beatles before they broke up: “All You Need is Love”?!

  • fred

    You nailed it Anon! That’s my era too and I couldn’t agree more. I was just listening to some old music that I had and pulled out of my favorite old artist–Jackson Browne. Talk about a Greenie and a leftist! I never realised it back then. I though it was cool and right. Of couse I wore bell bottom jeans too if that tells you anything. Lol

  • fred

    You nailed it Anon! That’s my era too and I couldn’t agree more. I was just listening to some old music that I had and pulled out of my favorite old artist–Jackson Browne. Talk about a Greenie and a leftist! I never realised it back then. I though it was cool and right. Of couse I wore bell bottom jeans too if that tells you anything. Lol


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