Sunday, 22 February 2009

Proposal for a new word: Implanation

The air is full of politicians offering implanations. They call for 'more responsible lending' - sorry, where's this irresponsible lending happening today??? - and contend that (if already in power) we would have avoided problems if only we had followed their principles; or else (if they are not presently in power) their insight would have prevented the crash.

So my proposal is this:

Implanation

  1. The act of identifying in current events vindication for past or present political policies, programmes or principles.
  2. An implausible logical sequence that fully exonerates the speaker

I encourage you to try this for size in conversation.

See you in the OED appendix.

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It's great to get comments - a good way to encourage, challenge and help me! Thank you. Jeremy