Top ten verbs from a politician's name

John Rentoul@JohnRentoul
Sunday 22 March 2015 09:00

In the House of Lords last month, Lord Armstrong spoke of 'Blencathrating' the Security and Terrorism Bill, to force internet companies to provide information previously provided voluntarily. Lord Blencathra, better known as David Maclean, a former Conservative Chief Whip, had proposed a similar amendment to a previous Bill.

1. Grayle

As in, "grayling the needy", says Nick Cohen. (Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary, tried to cut legal aid and impose charges that would make it harder for the poor to go to court.)

2. Reckless carswelling

Meaning unclear. From Chris Challis.

3. Farage

To try too hard to be a blokish man of the people. "They struggle to farage for the middle-class vote while maintaining their appeal to outright racists." From Mark Attwater and David Crawford.

4. Blair

Sample sentence: "Stop blairing about the bush." From Jason Raj.

5. Mellor

Graham Kirby says that in House of Cards, a character speaks of "melloring" someone, presumably meaning they have been savaged or ridiculed.

6. Milibandy

As in, "to milibandy about a new policy", says Alexander Sabin. Or, suggests Number 1 Pingu Fan, "milibanding about".

7. Guillotine

Named after Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, a doctor and member of the National Assembly at the time of the French Revolution. Nominated by Graham Kirby.

8. Morganise

To introduce a period of apparent calm between bouts of frenzied Goving, reckons Mark Chater.

9. Prescott

To greet people enthusiastically, for example, "prescotting the flesh", suggests David Aaronovitch.

10. Clegg

As in, "clegging one's party's opinion-poll rating". Suggested by Robert Wright.

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