Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Word of the Day

Potemkin Village \puh-TEM(P)-kin\, noun:

An impressive facade or display that hides an undesirable fact or state; a false front.

When will the West have the guts to call Russia what it really is: a semi-totalitarian state with Potemkin village-style democratic institutions and a fascist-capitalist economy?
-- "Western Investors Defend a Potemkin Village", Moscow Times, January 9, 2004
The route of this term came from fake villages which were set up in Russia to please Catherine II. Read more about this here.