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    pronunciation of leftard

    leftard n. A person of left-wing political views.
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    How do native speakers pronounce leftard, ['leftahrd] or ['lefterd]?
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    Re: pronunciation of leftard

    I would only say that word out loud to demonstrate its pronunciation. Your first is the way people unashamed to use bigoted language would say it.
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    Re: pronunciation of leftard

    No. Not a person of left wing political views. A neologism. The meaning and pronunciation the coiner intended are obvious, but I in my opinion this is not an English word, At least, not yet.

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    Re: pronunciation of leftard

    It's a portmanteau of 'left' and 'retard' (which itself is a disparaging term for mental retardation), so it keeps the pronunciation of both components. It is a disparaging term for someone of leftist political views.

    I haven't actually seen this one before, but I have seen the similar versions below. They are all disparaging terms towards people of the respective political leanings.

    libtard (liberal+retard)
    repubtard (republican+ retard)

    Another variation replaces 'tard' with 'turd', which is slang for feces.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: pronunciation of leftard

    And of course there are also neologisms like "rightard". But these are inflammatory words and should be avoided.
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