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Jul 17, 2015
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

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longhair
blackleg
double-dome
white-livered
dittohead

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Words related to Pluto and its moons
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with Anu Garg

dittohead

PRONUNCIATION:
(DIT-oh-head)

MEANING:
noun: One who mindlessly agrees with an idea or opinion.

ETYMOLOGY:
After callers on the talk radio program Rush Limbaugh Show who often unquestioningly agree with the radio host. The word began as a term to describe listeners to the show who would agree with the previous caller’s effusive praise of Limbaugh with the word “ditto”. From ditto (same, likewise), from Italian (Tuscan dialect ditto) detto (said, above-mentioned), from Latin dictus (said), from dicere (to say). Ultimately from the Indo-European root deik- (to show, to pronounce solemnly), which also gave us judge, verdict, vendetta, revenge, indicate, dictate, paradigm, diktat, fatidic, hoosegow, interdict, retrodiction. Earliest documented use: 1989.

USAGE:
“Wade Lawlor and all his dittoheads are implicating her in the murder of the colleague she never met.”
Breakdown; Kirkus Reviews (New York); Dec 1, 2011.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Never underestimate the determination of a kid who is time rich and cash poor. -Cory Doctorow, author and journalist (b. 17 Jul 1971)

EDIT: Many readers in the comments below have taken exception to the word "mindlessly" in the definition of the word. If one continues listening to Rush Limbaugh and supporting him in spite of his long history of lying, racism and misogyny, what does it say about them?

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