Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Word of the Week – Autolatry

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Susie Dent’s choice of ‘autolatry’ as her ‘word of the day’ was most appropriate; it sums up both Boris Johnson and Ghislaine Maxwell perfectly

The English lexicographer, etymologist and Countdown ‘Dictionary Corner’ stalwart Susie Dent’s Twitter feed is a welcome relief to many.

 

Regularly featuring a ‘word of the day,’ Dent’s feed is a contrast to the rant-filled diatribes of the likes of Piers Morgan and is actually educational.

 

Her most recent choice was ‘autolatry’ and of it, she remarked:

 

“Word of the day is ‘autolatry’: self-worship; placing oneself at the centre of the universe in every situation (any person doing so is an ‘autolater’).”

 

Put more simply by the Collins Dictionary as just “the worship of oneself,” the noun perfectly sums up our self-absorbed Prime Minister and it also reflects the attitude of the desk demanding Ghislaine Maxwell. Frankly, maybe it’s time the two of them got a room – and preferably a prison cell.

 

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Word of the Week – ‘Autolatry’ and Boris Johnson and Ghislaine Maxwell – Susie Dent’s choice of ‘autolatry’ as her ‘word of the day’ was most appropriate; it sums up Boris Johnson and Ghislaine Maxwell perfectly.
Susie Dent tweets from the handle @susie_dent. We recommend you follow her.
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.
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