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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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Mark Forsyth: What's a snollygoster? A short lesson in political speak
7:04 · Filmed June 2012 at TEDxHousesOfParliament · Subtitles available in 29 languages

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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