Exciting new words – an occasional series: ‘rastaquouère’

Some of the best writers tend to reuse their favourite obscure words, for example, Bruce Anderson’s many references to a degringolade (eg: 1, 2, 3). Here’s a cracker from one of the most gifted and funny hacks of them all, R Emmett Tyrrell jr, comparing presidents Bill Clinton and Warren Harding:

The similarities between Bill and Warren are instructive. Like Bill, Warren was an inveterate golfer and like Bill he adored socializing in the White House—though with a difference. When Warren had finished socializing his pockets were empty, and occasionally he had a hangover. Bill only drinks lite beer and wine, preferably of the non-alcoholic variety. Also when Bill finished socializing his pockets were full. Usually they were stuffed with lush donations from the rastaquouères of Hollywood, of Wall Street, and not infrequently rastaquouères from foreign parts.

‘rastaquouère’ ~ A social upstart, especially from a Mediterranean or Latin American country; a smooth untrustworthy foreigner.

It could get a lot of mileage with the referendum looming.

Dave following a couple of rastaquouères
Dave following a couple of rastaquouères
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