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Jul 20, 2016
This week’s theme
Words related to politics and elections

This week’s words
shermanesque
carpetbagger
logrolling
dog whistle
suffrage

logrolling
logrolling
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with Anu Garg

logrolling

PRONUNCIATION:
(LOG-ro-ling)

MEANING:
noun:
1. The exchanging of favors, especially by legislators by voting for each other’s legislation.
2. A sport in which two players stand on a floating log and try to knock each other off by spinning the log with their feet.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the former practice of neighbors helping each other move logs by rolling them. Earliest documented use: 1792.

USAGE:
“Potential externals are identified by the supervisor and through a system of logrolling enticed to take on the duty -- as a favour that it is anticipated will be returned.”
John Wakeford; Postgraduate Courses: What Goalposts?; The Guardian (London, UK); Sep 17, 2002.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace. -Carlos Santana, musician (b. 20 Jul 1947)

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