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roorback: M-W's Word of the Day
by repost
Sunday Dec 29th, 2002 11:26 PM
It's also known as "black propaganda." You may have heard of it.

The Word of the Day for Dec 29 is:

roorback \ROOR-back\ (noun)

: a defamatory falsehood published for political effect


Example sentence:
"The attacks on my character are nothing but roorbacks drummed up by my opponent," insisted the candidate.

Did you know?

If you think dirty politics are new, think again. In the midst of the 1844 presidential campaign between James K. Polk and Henry Clay, a letter was published in a newspaper in Ithaca, New York claiming that a reputable witness (one Baron von Roorback) had seen Polk purchase and brand 43 slaves. The letter caused an uproar that threatened to derail Polk's campaign until it was discovered that the whole thing was a hoax perpetrated by the opposing party — a 19th-century Watergate. Baron von Roorback didn't even exist. The incident proved a political boomerang; Polk won the election and the name "roorback" became a byword for political dirty tricks.
by Vince
(TheConstitutionrules [at] Saturday Jun 7th, 2003 2:54 PM
That's why they are used. The campaign against me on NYC IMC was particularly vicious. I'm happy to report that the NYC editors have become more pro-active in removing disruptive posts. Still, I was suprised that some could not distinguish between myself and postings using my name to discredit me. In any case, we will not be silenced!