(All) Term applies to all forms of debate
  (2P)  Term applies to policy debate
  (LD)  Term applies to Lincoln-Douglas debate
  (PF)  Term applies to public forum debate

>> 0 - 9 <<<<<<<<<
1AC               (2P) The first affirmative constructive.
1AR               (2P) The first affirmative rebuttal.
1NC               (2P) The first negative constructive.
1NR               (2P) The first negative rebuttal.

2AC               (2P) The second affirmative constructive.
2AR               (2P) The second affirmative rebuttal.
2NC               (2P) The second negative constructive.
2NR               (2P) The second negative rebuttal.
2P                (2P) Policy Debate also known as 2-person.

>> A <<<<<<<<<<<<<
AC                (All)Affirmative constructive.
analytic          (All)Argument based on logic or common sense.
AR                (All)Affirmative rebuttal.

>> B <<<<<<<<<<<<<
backline          (All)Supporting argument for a frontline.
ballot            (All)The form upon which the judge renders 
                       comments and a decision.
block             (All)see frontline. Called blocks because of
                       their block-like structure.
break             (All)To qualify for, or the point where,
                       elimination rounds begin. For example the
                       tournament may break to elimination rounds
                       at the top eight teams (quarter finals).
brightline        (All)The division between what is topical or
brink             (All)Being on the verge of an event - usually
                       referring to a disadvantage or impact.

>> C <<<<<<<<<<<<<
card              (All)A citation, tag and body of evidence taken
                       from a source.
cite              (All)A citation.
CP                (2P) Counter-plan. Typically a kind of
                       negative off-case argument.
crossfire         (PF) Cross examination in Public Forum debate
cross-x           (All)Cross examination.
cut a card        (All)To create a card (see card above).
CX                (All)Cross examination. May also mean Cross-X
                       Debate - an old name for Policy Debate.

>> D <<<<<<<<<<<<<
DA                (2P) Disadvantage. Typically a kind of
                       negative off-case argument.
disad             (2P) Disadvantage. see DA above.
drop              (All)To stop arguing a particular point.

>> E <<<<<<<<<<<<<
EO                (ALL)Presidential Executive Order
ET                (2P) Extra-topical - the plan does more than
                       required by the resolution.

>> F <<<<<<<<<<<<<
fiat              (2P) Basically the assumption a plan or course
                       of action will be enacted as the starting
                       point of the debate.
FF                (PF) Final focus - the last speech given by
                       each side.
flow              (All)The notes the judge and debaters take
                       during the round.
frontline         (All)An structured argument which attacks
                       another argument. Also known as a block.
FX                (2P) Effects topical - topicality is achieved
                       indirectly as a result of the plan.

>> G <<<<<<<<<<<<<
grand crossfire   (PF) The final Public Forum debate cross 
                       examination involving all 4 debaters.

>> H <<<<<<<<<<<<<
harm(s)           (All)Negative condition which exists in the
                       status quo.

>> I <<<<<<<<<<<<<
I                 (2P) Inherency - one of the stock issues
impact            (All)A consequence of some action (either good
                       or bad).
impact calculus   (All)An analysis of the time-frame, magnitude
                       and probability of an impact.
internal link     (All)An intermediate event in a series of
                       events leading to an ultimate impact.

>> J <<<<<<<<<<<<<

>> K <<<<<<<<<<<<<
K                 (All)A critique (kritik). Typically a neg
                       argument that questions the mind-sets and
                       assumptions behind the debate.
kick (out)        (2P) To intentionally drop an argument.
kritik            (All)see K
kvi               (All)Key voting issue.

>> L <<<<<<<<<<<<<
LD                (LD) Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
line-by-line      (All)Discussing each point on the flow in
link              (All)The evidence which connects an effect to a
                       cause or an effect to another effect. May
                       also refer to analysis or evidence which
                       connects claims to contentions or the

>> M <<<<<<<<<<<<<

>> N <<<<<<<<<<<<<
NC                (All)Negative constructive.

neg block         (2P) The combination of the 2NC and 1NR
                       speeches. A total of 13 minutes of Neg
                       speeches with no Aff speech in between.
                       It is answered by the 5 minute 1AR.
NR                (All)Negative rebuttal.
nvi               (All)Not a voting issue.

>> O <<<<<<<<<<<<<
octa or octafinal (All)The top 16 teams in an elimination round.
                       Sixteen teams requires 8 rounds.
off-case          (2P) Any thing not specifically directed toward
                       the affirmative case.
on-case           (2P) Any thing which is directed toward the
                       affirmative case.
overview          (All)A summary of the case.

>> P <<<<<<<<<<<<<
perm (permutation)(2P) An affirmative strategy to test counter-
                       plans and kritiks for legitimacy.
POTUS             (ALL)President of the United States
PF                (PF) Public Forum Debate.

>> Q <<<<<<<<<<<<<
quarter(s)        (All)The top 8 teams in an elimination round.
                       Eight teams results in 4 rounds.

>> R <<<<<<<<<<<<<
RFD               (All)Reason for decision.

round             (All)A single debate between two teams.

>> S <<<<<<<<<<<<<
S                 (2P) Solvency (usually underlined) - one of the
                       stock issues.
SCOTUS            (ALL)Supreme Court of the United States
semi(s)           (All)The top 4 teams in an elimination round.
                       Four teams results in 2 rounds.
sq                (All)Status quo
stock issue       (2P) An essential issue which an affirmative
                       case must address. In traditional policy
                       debate these are inherency, significance, 
                       solvency, harms and topicality.

>> T <<<<<<<<<<<<<
T                 (2P) Topicality - one of the stock issues.
topical           (All)Within the scope and intent of the 
turn              (All)An argument which claims something bad is
                       good or vise-versa.

>> U <<<<<<<<<<<<<
underview         (All)An observation about specific arguments.
USFG              (ALL)United States Federal Government


>> V <<<<<<<<<<<<<
V                 (LD) Value premise (abbreviated)
VC                (LD) Value criterion
VP                (LD) Value premise
>> W <<<<<<<<<<<<<

>> X <<<<<<<<<<<<<
XT                (2P) see ET (extra-topical) above.


  1. Just as a heads up, your NR's are both marked as constructive for policy, not important, but may be confusing.

    1. Good catch. Thanks for pointing that out. I have corrected it.

  2. Could you define stock issue? May be common knowledge to some but it's throwing me off a little.

    1. I added it to the glossary. Stocks issues are usually only discussed in policy debate and are the essential elements (one may say, contentions) which must be included in the affirmative case. In traditional policy debate they are inherency, significance, harms, solvency and topicality. More commonly today, significance is more or less included in the inherency portion. Harms are also revealed in inherency and solvency portions. In many cases these days, even inherency is minimal or non-existent focusing mainly on advantages, solvency and a topical plan text. While I personally believe inherency is essential to fiat theory and harms are essential to solvency, I am in a minority.


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