Friday, September 12, 2008

Word of the Day


Pronunciation: \mal-vur-SAY-shun\
Function: noun
Etymology: Malversation comes, via French, from Latin male, "badly" + versari, "to be engaged in, to take part in."

Misconduct, corruption, or extortion in public office.

"The Inspector General Act was designed to protect patriotic whistle-blowers who seek to reveal malversation in government."

— Arthur Schlesinger Jr., "How History Will Judge Him", Time, February 22, 1999

Thanks to Constant Comment for today's WOTD entry

blog comments powered by Disqus