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Mark Forsyth:
What's a snollygoster? A short lesson in political speak

TEDxHousesOfParliament · 7:04 · Filmed Jun 2012
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Most politicians choose their words carefully, to shape the reality they hope to create. But does it work? Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares a few entertaining word-origin stories from British and American history (for instance, did you ever wonder how George Washington became "president"?) and draws a surprising conclusion. (From TEDxHousesofParliament in London)

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Mark Forsyth strolls through the English language, telling stories, making connections and banishing hobgoblins. Full bio

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