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Oct 18, 2022
This week’s theme
Portmanteaux

This week’s words
shrinkflation
selectorate
frizzle
Sloane Ranger
fertigation

selectorate
How Not to Run a Country
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selectorate

PRONUNCIATION:
(si-LEK-tuhr-it)

MEANING:
noun: A smaller group of people, as opposed to the general population, involved in picking a person, especially for a political position.

ETYMOLOGY:
A blend of select + electorate. Both from Latin legere (to choose). Earliest documented use: 1967.

USAGE:
“Because this was not a general election, most of Britain was sitting on the sidelines while a selectorate of 172,437 dues-paying Conservative Party members -- less than 0.3 percent of the population -- determined the country’s political future.”
Karla Adam & William Booth; As Johnson’s Successor, Truss Inherits a UK in Peril; The Washington Post; Sep 6, 2022.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness. -Pierre Trudeau, 15th Prime Minister of Canada (18 Oct 1919-2000)

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