Column Date 2011-01-14

WORDS FOR OUR TIMES: 'VOMITOUS' & 'KAKISTOCRACY'

To help our readers cope with our fast-changing world, here are two rarely used words you might like to remember. I think you’ll agree they can come in very handy these days.

 

Our first word: “vomitous.”

 

“Vomitous,” as you might guess, means “nauseating.”

 

Let’s use “vomitous” in a sentence:

 

Rush Limbaugh’s response to the tragic killings in Arizona – ‘(the killer) is smiling in the picture because he knows he’s backed by the Democratic Party’ – is “vomitous.”

 

Got it?

 

O.K., here’s another word to add to your vocabulary (I think you’ll find lots of places to use this one).

 

The word is “Kakistrocracy.”

 

“Kakistrocacy,” according to the dictionary, means

‘government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.’

 

Now – can you name a government run by its least qualified citizens? By its most unprincipled people?

 

Sorry, that was trick question: of course you can. And I’m sure you can’t wait to casually throw “kakistrocacy” into your next political discussion.

 

So there you have it – two useful words you’ve probably never heard before: “vomitous*” and “kakistrocracy”.

 

Use them freely. After all, as a society changes, so does its language.

 

 

 

*Thank you, Tony Paul, my journalist mate in Brisbane, Australia for introducing me to this word. May the rest of your New Year keep you high and dry.

 


(c) 2011 Peter Tannen



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