Monday, December 21, 2015

Word of the day: Potemkin

The word of the day is Potemkin village:
  1. a pretentiously showy or imposing façade intended to mask or divert attention from an embarrassing or shabby fact or condition.

"Some archaeologists believe that the canal was never meant to function.  It was a PR exercise, they say, a Potemkin demonstration by the Chimor government that it was actively fighting El Niño."

 - Charles Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

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