lotacracy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Urdu لوٹاکریسی, from لوٹا ‎(lota), meaning the (lota), a water pot with a shape such that it falls over very easily. The term was coined in Pakistan in the early 1990s.

Noun[edit]

lotacracy ‎(plural lotacracies)

  1. A political environment in which politicians have a tendency to switch loyalties frequently for personal gain.
    • 2005 — Raja Riaz, The Nation, June 10
      The opposition members chanted slogans against the turncoats and termed the speaker’s attitude as partial. To them the speaker was promoting 'lotacracy' in the province, prompting them to chant 'go Speaker go', and 'lota speaker'.