*(JAP)MY LATEST LEXICAL TREASURE
Dictionary.com has introduced me to a wonderful new word which I’m about to share with you. I love it! Both for its comical aspect, and for its meaning. But I’m going to preface my discovery with a few general remarks on the topic of the right to free speech. Theoretically, we have this right in South Africa. But oh! the tsunami of outraged howls when a prominent person dares to voice a personal opinion. It would seem that free speech is fine, so long as it doesn’t contradict political correctness. Anyway, I will prudently say no more, and I will leave you to join the dots regarding my latest lexical treasure:
|THROTTLEBOTTOM noun [THROT-l-bot-uh m]
1. a harmless incompetent in public office.QUOTES
|If there was one function that any vice president, even a Throttlebottom, could be expected to perform it was to represent the president and the country at funerals of notables abroad.
— Carl Solberg, Hubert Humphrey: A Biography, 1984
|The term Throttlebottom was formed after the character Alexander Throttlebottom in the musical comedy Of Thee I Sing (1932).|
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