Vocabulary

 

At my school, the teachers post a new vocabulary list, complete with
definitions, on their doors and walls every week. Somehow this is
supposed to make us learn how to use and understand these words well
enough to pass the TAKS test. OK. Forget the TAKS test. These are the
words we need to learn in order to survive the bush years:

Corporate Personhood: the legal fiction used within United States law that a corporation has a
limited number or subset of the same constitutional rights as does a human being. The choice of the word “person” in “personhood” arises from the way the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was worded and from earlier legal usage of the word “person.”

Cronyism: partiality to cronies especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to office without regard to their qualifications

Delusion: 1 : the act of deluding : the state of being deluded  2 a : something that is falsely or delusively believed or propagated b : a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or
objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary; also : the abnormal state marked by such beliefs

Double Standard: a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another

Fanaticism: fanatic outlook or behavior

Hypocrisy 1 : a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion 2 : an act or instance of hypocrisy

Impeachment 1 a : to bring an accusation against b : to charge with a crime or misdemeanor; specifically : to charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office c : to remove from office especially for misconduct 2 : to cast doubt on; especially : to challenge the credibility or validity of <impeach the testimony of a witness>

Recess Appointment: A recess appointment occurs when the President of the United States fills a vacant Federal position during a recess of the United States Senate. The commission or appointment must be approved by the Senate by the end of the next session, or the position becomes vacant again. Recess appointments are authorized by Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution:
“The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.”
(From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recess_appointment)

Scandal 1 a : discredit brought upon religion by unseemly conduct in a religious person b : conduct that causes or encourages a lapse of faith or of religious obedience in another 2 : loss of or damage to reputation caused by actual or apparent violation of morality or propriety : DISGRACE 3 a : a circumstance or action that offends propriety or established moral conceptions or disgraces those associated with it b : a person whose conduct offends propriety or morality <a scandal to the profession

 

Any other words or phrases we need to learn in order to survive these years?

Like most of my posts, this is cross-posted at Political Teen Tidbits and at YouThinkLeft.

White House Iraq War vocabulary

From: www.perrspectives.com/blog/archives/cat_media.htm