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Jun 28, 2018
This week’s theme
Words from politics

This week’s words
malfeasance
nepotism
emolument
collusion
impeach

collusion
“You know, kids? I love words. I’m great at words. All the best words I know. So what new words have you guys learned?”
“Collusion.”
Emoluments.”
Kleptocracy.”

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with Anu Garg

collusion

PRONUNCIATION:
(kuh-LOO-zhuhn)

MEANING:
noun: A secret cooperation for fraud, treason, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin colludere (to play together, to conspire), from col- (with) + ludere (to play), from ludus (play). Ultimately from Indo-European root leid- (to play), which also gave us allude, delude, elude, illusion, ludicrous, Ludo, ludic, and prelude. Earliest documented use: 1397.

NOTES:
From the literal meaning “to play together” to the current meaning “to conspire”, this word has gone to the wrong side of town. But it’s not the only one. The word conspire means, literally, “to breathe together”, meaning to be in harmony. We shouldn’t insist that because a word’s origin means so-and-so, the word should mean the same today any more than that because a person is born into a distinguished family he must be a fine person.

USAGE:
“There was a dealer whom internal security suspected of collusion with outside agents.”
Ken Olive; Goldie’s Garden; Lulu; 2010.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? -Jean Jacques Rousseau, philosopher and author (28 Jun 1712-1778)

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