Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Junta -- gettin' together to rule a country after a coup


junta (HOON-tuh, JUHN-) noun
A group, especially one made of military officers, ruling a country after a coup.
[From Spanish and Portuguese junta (committee, association), from Latin jungere (to join). Ultimately from the Indo-European root yeug- (to join) that also gave us yoke, junction, jugular, adjust, Sanskrit yoga, and Greek zeugma.]
"Burma's military junta has been freeing prisoners from jail and then recruiting them to bolster gangs that have been used to attack pro-democracy activists."
--Daniel Howden; Junta Frees Prisoners For Anti-protest Mobs; The Independent (London, UK); Aug 29, 2007.

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