[WORD PEOPLE] Learn to Speak Like a Politician

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

Source: TheWeek.com

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