Thursday, 24 April 2008

An Etymological Note

gynocrat e.g., “I am not only a feminist — I am a gynocrat.” — q.v. Martin Amis [1]; etymology doubtful, poss. from Gk. gyno- comb. form of gynē “woman” + Fr. -crate, back-formation from -cratie, from Gk. -kratia “power, rule”; or poss. from Tw. gy- intensive prefix, sense of “abject” or “grovelling” + Tw. -nocrat “retard”.
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[1] Martin Amis: You Ask The Questions, The Independent, 15th January 2007.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Heavens, you can get by in Twi as well?

Deogolwulf said...

Lovely language.

dudivie said...

tekno=lapsi
im teknocrat

Akaky said...

gynocrat? and what does one call the masters of vermouth?

David Collins said...

They're called drunks, akaky.