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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Sunday Rest. Word not to use today: hegemon.

Hegemon!

Let's face it, not only does this word sound like a Scotsman being exasperated, but hardly anyone has a clue what it means.

(A hegemon is a person, or group of people, with the power to get their own dull, political way).

Using the word hegemon, especially on a Sunday, will get you shunned, so don't use it unless you want to lose all but your deafest friends.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Word Not To Use Today: hegemon. This word comes from the Greek word hēgenonia, which means authority, and before that from hēgeisthai, to lead.

2 comments:

  1. I think Hegemon sounds like a plant. "Oh, have you seen my beautiful Hegemon by the front door?"

    Hegemony though sounds like a flower. A bit like anemone!

    To each his own.Reading this on Tuesday and didn't say it once on Sunday, so all's well.

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  2. But how about:

    He sat up in bed, his covers clutched to him in terror.
    There was no doubt about it: the hegemons were getting closer.

    Well, I'm frightened, and I haven't a clue what I'm talking about!

    I agree about hegemony, though, that would make a lovely strewing herb.

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