Sunday, December 18, 2016

A New Word For Me

And that word is kakistocracy. Coined in 1829, it means government by the worst elements of society.

I have a feeling that all of us will become intimately acquainted with its meaning over the next four years.

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  1. Good word Lorne. I hate to sound like a cynic, but I don't think we realize how bad those worst elements of government will get in the next 4 years.

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    1. Although it is a cliche, Pamela, I think it is safe to say that we are entering uncharted territory.

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  2. Kaka means bad or evil in Greek. So that makes sense. But it also makes me think of animal droppings, which also makes sense.

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    1. I think there will also be plenty of the latter in the next four years, at least metaphorically, Marie.

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    2. My husband started out life speaking only French.
      He tells me that "kaka" was (he believes) a slang word they used for poo-poo. So, Lorne, kakistocracy sounds very appropriate to me.

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    3. As it does to me, Lulymay.

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