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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A government regarded as having an excessive interest in the welfare of its citizens, as evidenced by public health measures, safety regulations, etc.
From nanny (a child’s caregiver), of baby-talk origin, perhaps a pet form of the name Anne + state, from Old French estat, from Latin status (stature). Earliest documented use: 1965.
Why nanny state? Because some people act like children. For example,
Helmet foe dies in motorcycle accident
New York rider dies protesting motorcycle helmet law
“Like Teddy ‘Pinko’ Roosevelt
That guy was talking about universal healthcare.
You’re a taxin’, appropriatin’, regulatin’ nanny-statin’
Roy Zimmerman; Socialist; 2008.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Life is a long lesson in humility. -James M. Barrie, novelist, short-story writer, and playwright (9 May 1860-1937)