Wednesday, November 16, 2016

kak·is·toc·ra·cy. The TBL Word of the Day

Why aren't we hearing the word 'kakistocracy' more often since last Tuesday's vote? Even better than plutocracy or aristocracy or oligarchy, speaking about a government of the kakistos (Greek for 'the worst'), seems so much more appropriate in November of 2016 than talking about government by the ploutos, aristos, or oligos.

It may seem slightly unfamiliar to many today, but kakistocracy is a word that everyone will have added to their everyday vocabulary by inauguration day.

In other big vocabulary news from Oxford Dictionaries, yesterday they announced a 2016 Word of the Year that also had Trumpian and Brexit echoes: 'Post-truth'

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