Good afternoon, all!
Every endeavor (British sp: endeavour) has its own unique words, phrases, expressions and jargon. Politics is no exception.
Here, we can explore some of the colorful words and phrases, in hopes we can better understand each other and the sources we often cite.
Since politics frequently borrows and repurposes jargon from other fields of interest, our first Political Jargon Word-of-the-Day is borrowed from the world of poker, which borrowed it from the field of lumber milling.
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whipsawed; whipsawing; whipsaws
Definition of whipsaw (Entry 2 of 2)
1 : to saw with a whipsaw
2 : to beset or victimize in two opposite ways at once, by a two-phase operation, or by the collusive action of two opponents: "Wage earners were whipsawed by inflation and high taxes."
A whipsaw is a type of handsaw worked by two people, one of whom stands on or above the log being sawed and the other below it, usually in a pit. The tool dates back to the 15th century, but it was not until the 1870s that anyone thought to use the saw's name figuratively to describe situations in which someone or something is doubly "cut," or hurt. Today, the word is commonly used when discussing financial crises or losses. For example, just recently a chief executive explained in a press statement that his company was "whipsawed in the fourth quarter as key industries were hit by a rapidly deteriorating economy and plunging commodity prices." (The New York Times, January 27, 2009)
In card games, especially poker, for two players to raise and re-raise with one or more players in between who must call the raises in order to stay in the game.
Let's try another one, tied to an actual historical event, which is still used today to refer to instances of overly-passionate and demonstrative pleas in Congress, in reference to the suffering of martyrs for a cause: "Waving the Bloody Shirt."Are you saying that all this time the Bear and Bull have had the same goal, and are working together to cut the stock market in half?
Someone better alert Jim Cramer.
"the demagogic practice of politicians referencing the blood of martyrs or heroes to inspire support or avoid criticism."
... In American history, it gained popularity with an incident in which Benjamin Franklin Butler of Massachusetts, when making a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, allegedly held up the shirt of a carpetbagger whipped by the Ku Klux Klan.
Two words in one day? Slow down, friend. We don't all have the same knowledge, experience, and education levels at our respective life stages.
That reminds me of this incredible song written by Sara Bareilles.I can I get a jump on Tuesday's word?
A demagogue or rabble-rouser is a leader who gains popularity in a democracy by exploiting emotions, prejudice, and ignorance to arouse an audience, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation.