Word of the Week: Cackiavellian


Cackiavellian (adj): Acting in a Machiavellian manner, while being so cack-handed about it that everybody sees through your deception. The worse of both worlds – transparent dishonesty. Usually applied to politicians, as befits a neologism coined for that class. The etymology is brand spanking new, since it comes from the splendid Marina Hyde’s column in today’s Guardian, Rupert Murdoch may be a monster but David Cameron and co are far worse. She is, of course, referring to our “political elite” – an oxymoron if ever I heard one.

2 thoughts on “Word of the Week: Cackiavellian

  1. Well done beautifulrailwaybridgeofthesilverytay, it is 7:30am(Tay Time) and here I am in my Dutch home reading the ‘splendid Marina Hyde’ and Googled for a meaning of Cackiavellian and you have it, straight off the press so-to-speak. I am now going to add you to my favorite websites list and I will return ( once I have finished Ms. Hyde) later.

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