Monday, December 10, 2007

Where has this word been hiding?






















I've been searching for it for, oh, nearly seven years now:

KAKISTOCRACY--The government of a state by its most unprincipled citizens.

Isn't that great? For the etymology, see World Wide Words, the website of British word fiend Michael Quinion. Cruise around and you'll find lots of other goodies, such as BLOBITECTURE, PAREIDOLIA, and GELOTOLOGIST.

8 comments:

chayaruchama said...

Lovely !
The mind boggles...

Bozo said...

And the worst are filled with passionate intensity.

Renee said...

I'm crossing myself, and I'm not even Catholic. That man looks like the devil.

perfumeshrine said...

Kakistocracy>From the Greek: Kakos=evil

Yup...

Mary said...

Yep, that about sums him up.

BitterGrace said...

Looks like the Devil, Renee? That is the Devil.

Okay, Bozo, you are killing me with that reference. I should so know that, but I can't place it. Tell me!

Did anybody else know that website already? I can't believe I haven't stumbled on it before now.

Renee said...

That's Yeats, The Second Coming.

BitterGrace said...

Thank you, Renee. Now I can go to bed and get some sleep...