Archive for June 1st, 2009

An amusing definition of politics and politicians

Politics. An interesting word. I decided to look up the meaning of this word.The meaning, from the website is as follows

pol·i·tics (pŏl’ĭ-tĭks)
(used with a sing. Verb) The art or science of government or governing, especially the governing of a political entity, such as a nation, and the administration and control of its internal and external affairs.
(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Intrigue or maneuvering within a political unit or group in order to gain control or power: Partisan politics is often an obstruction to good government. Office politics are often debilitating and counterproductive.

I then looked up poli and then tics and came across an interesting breakdown of this word. Poli isn’t actually listed with that spelling, but Poly, is listed as:

a combining form with the meanings “much, many” and, in chemistry, “polymeric,” used in the formation of compound words: polyandrous; polyculture; polyethylene.

So far, so good. Now to get the true meaning of tics. OK we all have an idea, but the real meaning, from the Internet’s “free dictionary” is:

1. Any of numerous small bloodsucking parasitic arachnids of the family Ixodidae, many of which transmit febrile diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
2.Any of various usually wingless, louselike insects of the family Hippobosciddae that are parasitic on sheep, goats, and other animals.

So there you have it. Politics can have its more apt meaning which can be basically boiled down to “many parasitical blood-sucking creatures”. This may not be the best meaning for “politics” but it can certainly be applied to “politicians”

Is there anyone out there who can disagree with this in the light of the present news stories?



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