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Word of the Day: Kakistocracy

It’s frightening, because it’s true.

I can speak from firsthand knowledge that living through 11 presidencies of varying degrees of competence (and the occasional scandal or criminality) gives you some perspective on what we are experiencing today. Norman Ornstein, political scientist and resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, has lived through 13 of them. What he sees with the Trump Administration is something so unique it needs a special word to describe it, a word that has been out of popular usage for nearly two centuries. The word is “kakistocracy.”

 kakistocracy (English pronunciation: /kækɪsˈtɑkɹəsi/) is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. … It was also used by English author Thomas Love Peacock in 1829, but gained significant usage in the 21st century.

Kakistocracy – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakistocracy

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mythomania

PRONUNCIATION: (mith-uh-MAY-nee-uh)

MEANING: noun: An abnormal tendency to exaggerate or lie.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek mythos (myth) + -mania (excessive enthusiasm or craze).

Earliest documented use: 1909.

USAGE: “I humoured him by listening to his stories about all the grandchildren he probably didn’t have. His mythomania, which both terrified and exasperated me, somehow brought us together.” Marie-Renee Lavoie; Mister Roger and Me; Anansi; 2012.

See more usage examples of mythomania in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

Word of the Day: Hebetude | Merriam-Webster

Since my disability due to chronic illness, I often feel hebetudinous. Healthy people tell me to exercise, or even walk, thinking that will help me. It’s difficult to comprehend Exercise Intolerance until you’ve experienced it. Recovery from exertion or falling is worse than being still to begin with and only doing what I can handle, when I can handle it. I only wish my friends could understand why I use a wheelchair outside of the house. 

hebetude

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noun HEB-uh-tood

Definition

: lethargydullness

Did You Know?

Hebetude usually suggests mental dullness, often marked by laziness or torpor. As such, it was a good word for one Queenslander correspondent, who wrote in a letter to the editor of the Weekend Australian of “an epidemic of hebetude among young people who … are placing too great a reliance on electronic devices to do their thinking and remembering.” Hebetude comes from Late Latin hebetudo, which means pretty much the same thing as our word. It is also closely related to the Latin word for “dull,” hebes, which has extended meanings such as “obtuse,” “doltish,” and “stupid.” Other hebe- words in English include hebetudinous (“marked by hebetude”) and hebetate (“to make dull”).

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Word of the Day: Oppugn | Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day : August 17, 2017

oppugn

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verb uh-PYOON

Definition

1 : to fight against

2 : to call in question

Did You Know?

Oppugn was first recorded in English in the 15th century. It came to Middle English from the Latin verb oppugnare, which in turn derived from the combination of ob-, meaning “against,” and pugnare, meaning “to fight.” Pugnare itself is descended from the same ancient word that gave Latin the word pugnus, meaning “fist.” It’s no surprise, then, that oppugn was adopted into English to refer to fighting against something or someone, either physically (as in “the dictatorship will oppugn all who oppose it”) or verbally (as in “oppugn an argument”). Other descendants of pugnare in English include the equally aggressive pugnaciousimpugnrepugnant, and the rare inexpugnable(“incapable of being subdued or overthrown”).

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Word of the Day: Chthonic | Merriam-Webster ** editorial/shared 

Cool word… Love Greek; wish I could read it.

Word of the Day : August 6, 2017

chthonic

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adjective THAH-nik

Definition

: of or relating to the underworld :infernal

Did You Know?

Chthonic might seem a lofty and learned word, but it’s actually pretty down-to-earth in its origin and meaning. It comes from chthōn, which means “earth” in Greek, and it is associated with things that dwell in or under the earth. It is most commonly used in discussions of mythology, particularly underworld mythology. Hades and Persephone, who reign over the underworld in Greek mythology, might be called “chthonic deities,” for example. Chthonic has broader applications, too. It can be used to describe something that resembles a mythological underworld (e.g., “chthonic darkness”), and it is sometimes used to describe earthly or natural things (as opposed to those that are elevated or celestial).

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