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Meaning of The Most Difficult English Words Used By Lumumba to Salute Court of Appeal Judges.

P.L.O Lumumba is an eloquent Kenyan lawyer who served as a Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission from September 2010 to August 2011. He saluted the court of appeal judges for their ruling on Building Bridges Initiative, popularly known as BBI.

The Lawyer quoted the following.

"I salute the majority in the Kenyan Court of Appeal for affirming without equivocation that when egotism and megalomania mount a Trojan horse and masquerade as patriotism they will be handed a jurisprudential coup de grace"

There are six english words in the quote which Kenyans found hard to interpret. They include the following.

1. Equivocation

This refers to use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid commiting oneself. Alternative words for this are: prevarication, vagueness and ambiguity.

2. Egotism

Egotism is the fact of being conceited or absorbed in oneself. It is being self-centered.

3. Megalovania

Obsessed with the exercise of power. To be megalomaniac means being obsessed in exercising power or authority. Similar words include; self importance, grandiosity, delusion and egotism.

4. Masquerade

This refers to false show or pretense. Someone who masquerades is the one who pretend to be of certain value or to know something more than others.

5. Jurisprudential

Refers to the system of laws. It is something connected with the study of law.


6. Trojan horse

Trojan is a computer program that gets into a System by appearing to be harmless, but is designed to do damage. It is used to refer to any kind of deception or a trick that involves getting a target willingly to allow any enemy into a secure place.


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