Union Bay Political Word of the Day

My neighbour was watching the American impeachment enquiry of Donald Trump and during the preamble a prognosticator uttered the word “sycophant” and wondered what it meant. So I decided to go get some answers.

From; https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/sycophantsyc·o·phant/ˈsikəˌfant,ˈsikəfənt/nounnoun: sycophant; plural noun: sycophants

  1. a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage.
  2. A sycophant is a person who tries to win favor from wealthy or influential people by flattering them

New words from today November 21st 2019

Politically Punk’d https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000006837944/best-debate-one-liners.html

Punk’d is an American hidden camerapractical jokerealitytelevision program that first aired on MTV in 2003. It was created by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, with Kutcher serving as producer and host. It bears a resemblance to both the classic hidden camera show Candid Camera and to TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes, which also featured pranks on celebrities. Being “punk’d” referred to being the victim of such a prank. New episodes hosted by King Bach and DeStorm Power aired on BET.


The noun trope traditionally refers to any figure of speech in which a word or phrase conveys a meaning other than its literal sense. For instance, the phrase broken heart and the use of Wall Street to refer to the U.S. finance industry are tropes because their literal meanings are different from what we understand them to mean. In recent usage, however, trope is a catchall for any familiar thing that recurs in art, media, politics, or social interaction, even if the recurring element is not figurative. For example, one might call the bumbling husband a sitcom trope because that sort of character appears often, or one might call the phrase “do more with less” a trope because politicians say it frequently.

SCIF …..Today’s Republican excursion into protest theater in the Capitol, wherein a large number of GOP members rushed the Intelligence Committee’s Secure Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) without first putting away their cell phones.

hear·say/ˈhirˌsā/nounnoun: hearsay

  1. information received from other people that one cannot adequately substantiate; rumor.

gra·tu·i·tous/ɡrəˈt(y)o͞oədəs/adjectiveadjective: gratuitous

  1. 1. uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted.


relating to monomania (= a condition in which someone is extremelyinterested in one thing):

Now that was interesting…

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