Avoid sounding foolish when talking politics
Have a political opinion you want to voice? Do you want to take a stand on an issue?
Don’t discredit yourself by pronouncing a word incorrectly. Even if you have seen a word a million times in newsprint, it may not mean you have the pronunciation down pat. Before you charge ahead into a political debate with strangers in your local coffee shop, take a look (and listen) to the pronunciations below.
This word from French is often criticized for its tough spelling, but be wary of its pronunciation as well!
2. coup d’état
Another word from French, this term means a ‘sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government’.
This word refers to a ‘political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.’
The trouble with diplomacy is that it is pronounced differently from its adjectival form diplomatic.
Tempting, but it’s not quite ‘eagle’ in there…
You are missing out if you’re not saying this word regularly – it’s a fun one.
Another spelling challenge with the classic ‘e’/‘i’ issue, but be careful with the pronunciation as well.
Given that politicians are caught making them all the time in today’s social media age, best to know how to pronounce this word.
A common political insult of late, the word means ‘an adherent of an ideology, especially one who is uncompromising and dogmatic.’
Poor Niccolò Machiavelli gets a bad rap. ‘Machiavellian’ means ‘cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics or in advancing one’s career.’
A ‘meritocracy’ refers to a ‘government or the holding of power by people selected on the basis of their ability.’
An ‘oligarchy’ refers to a ‘small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution.’
Often used with regard to Marxism, the proletariat refers to the workers or working class people, often referred to collectively.
Beware of that ‘g’ that does not sound like a ‘g’.
Like diplomacy and diplomatic, be careful with the differences between rhetoric and rhetorical.