One other new (to me) word from Dickson's book really caught my eye. I left it out of yesterday's post because it wasn't coined by a president but because of a presidential contender. I think it's the perfect old word (though not that old) that we can and should make new again in the current political season.
That word is bomfog.
|"I never said 'strategery.'"(Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Regardless of where the word comes from, I think we should bring back the word bomfog and its companion, bomfoggery, for two reasons.
For one, we could use a succinct label for candidates' ideological statements that barely hide their belief that American values are identical to conservative Christian values, and that anyone who doesn't live by these
The second reason is that I just like the sound and feel of these words. They echo both bumfuck and buggery, making clear their connotations, and that fog is certainly descriptive of what so many people think political puffery and equivocation is intended to do. Indeed, bomfog sounds almost like bumfog, a perfect word to describe politicians blowing smoke up our asses.
I'm sure some candidate will give us the next version of refudiate, misunderestimate, or embetter soon enough — hell, we've already gotten "Bernie Sandwich" — but why should the politicians and pundits have all the fun?
Fight bomfog now!