The Word of the Day

The word of the day is “kakistocracy,” a 730 SAT word that leaped into the public consciousness on Friday when former CIA director John Brennan tweeted the following message to President Trump:

our kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey. As the greatest Nation history has known, we have the opportunity to emerge from this nightmare stronger & more committed to ensuring a better life for all Americans, including those you have so tragically deceived.

For those of us unfamiliar with this nearly 400-year-old word – and The Curmudgeon was among them until Friday – the Oxford English Dictionary tells us that kakistocracy means “government by the least suitable or competent citizens of a state” or “a state or society governed by its least suitable or competent citizens.”

Mr. Brennan: well-done, sir!

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