Word of the day

The word for today is…

logrolling (noun) – 1. The exchanging of political favours, especially the trading of influence or votes among legislators to achieve passage of projects that are of interest to one another.
2. The exchanging of favours or praise, as among artists, critics, or academics.
3. Also called birling, a game of skill, especially among lumberjacks, in which two competitors try to balance on a floating log while spinning it with their feet.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Logrolling is an Americanism first recorded at the end of the 18th century and meant exactly what it says: rolling logs away from land being cleared, or a meeting of neighbours to perform the clearance. In the early 19th century, logrolling acquired its distasteful political sense of swapping or trading votes, and by the mid-19th century it also referred to the “literary” practice of authors and reviewers engaging in mutual puffery.


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