With the mid-term elections right around the corner, we thought it might be useful to brush up on some politico-speak.
Here are ten political words and phrases you can use to amaze your friends and annoy your coworkers!
- Snollygoster: A politician who will go to any lengths to win public office, regardless of party affiliation or platform
- Dummymander: A gerrymandered district drawn by one party that over time looks like it was actually designed by the other party
- Election Administrator’s Prayer: “Please, please, please let the winners win big,” or “Lord, let this election not be close.”
- Frugging: An unethical fundraising tactic where a telemarketer falsely claims to be a researcher conducting a poll
- Money blurt: A strategy of using a politician’s controversial statements to attract a large number of campaign donors
- Mugwump: Someone who is independent or who remains undecided or neutral in politics
- Psephology: The scientific study and statistical analysis of elections and voting
- Roorback: A false, dirty, or slanderous story used for political advantage, usually about a candidate seeking political office
- Turkey farm: A government agency or department staffed primarily with political appointments and other patronage hires
- Washington read: When a book is not actually read but is nonetheless absorbed into the Washington atmosphere