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Dec 21, 2017
This week’s theme
There’s a word for it

This week’s words
ergophobia
breviloquence
exeleutherostomize
corpocracy
obdormition

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

corpocracy

PRONUNCIATION:
(kor-POK-ruh-see)

MEANING:
noun: A society in which corporations control the government.

ETYMOLOGY:
From corporate, from Latin corpus (body) + -cracy (rule). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwrep- (body, form), which is also the source of corps, corpus, corpse, corporation, corpulent, corset, corsage, leprechaun, and corpus delicti. Earliest documented use: 1935.

NOTES:
Earlier the word was applied to corporate bureaucracy. Over time the word has changed its meaning and now it refers to a system in which corporations control the government.

USAGE:
“Anarica was a corpocracy. Run by the most influential corporations.”
Sabine Priestley; Twice Tethered; KAC Publishing; 2017.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. -Rebecca West, author and journalist (21 Dec 1892-1983)

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