Today’s word is for our politicians here in the UK right now who have dragged us into an awful mess based on mendacious propaganda.
“The whole campaign was built on mendacious propaganda.”
“Are you really suggesting that mendacious toerag as leader?”
Originally: a bald head; a bald-headed person. In later use also: a pitiable, lowly, or foolish person; a shabby or unkempt person. Frequently used without article, as though a proper name.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in John Skelton (c1460–1529), poet. In some forms apparently partly from pilled + garlic and partly from peeled + garlic; in some forms apparently partly from pill + garlic and partly from peel + garlic.