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Tortiloquy of the Day

Oh, I have been playing with Save The Words since Stephen Fry linked to it the other day, and - of course, since it's from Stephen Fry - it is utterly marvellous. Go! Adopt an endangered word! How about foppotee? Or sturionic? Or abligurition?

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Tortiloquy means "dishonest or immoral speech", so I'm sure there'll be no shortage of opportunities to use it.

For example, last week the Guardian published an infuriating tortiloquy from Hazel Blears, informing us that the one and only constructive way to get involved in politics is to run for office, and that you shouldn't criticise anyone unless you have also tested your "opinions, values and personal attributes" at the ballot box. It was a response to a critical article by George Monbiot, and he's replied again with a bit of a character demolition. I tend not to agree with Monbiot much more than I agree with Blears, so I'm mostly rubbernecking at the car crash, here.

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dibsy
Feb. 11th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
That link needs a .org on the end of it.

As to the idea that you can't complain about politics without running for office, that is patently bullshit. But I do get annoyed with people who excessively rail against politics or politicians without involving themselves in the political process. My favourite is ardent environmentalists who do absolutely nothing to support the Green party, apart from voting for them. It vexes me.
pickwick
Feb. 11th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Doh, cheers!

And yes, people who complain while doing NOTHING are very irritating, especially if they don't even vote.
dibsy
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
I am the link police.

I believe that people who complain about politics and don't vote should be horsewhipped. I know, I know, it sounds like an overly moderate position, but there is no need to get excessively bothered by it.
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