Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wonderous Words Wednesday



patriarchal malfeasance

phrase

wrongdoing or improper or dishonest conduct, especially by a person who holds public office or a position of trust, in this case–a parent

From the book The Weird Sisters (page 2) by Eleanor Brown.

The sentence is: "The three of us were given advice and instruction in couplets; we were more likely to refer to a hated playmate as a "fat-kidneyed rascal" than a jerk; we played under the tables at Christmas parties where phrases like "deconstructionist philosophy" and "patriarchal malfeasance" drifted down through the heavy tablecloths with the carols."



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