Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
Lizet Elaine
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Word of the Day 05/25/19 Whataboutism

Whataboutism (noun)
whataboutism [ hwuht-uh-bou-tiz-uhm, wuht-, hwot-, wot- ]


noun
1. a conversational tactic in which a person responds to an argument or attack by changing the subject to focus on someone else’s misconduct, implying that all criticism is invalid because no one is completely blameless: Excusing your mistakes with whataboutism is not the same as defending your record.


Origin: First recorded in 2000–05; from the phrase what about? + -ism

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