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Speaking Politics phrase of the week: 'tabula rasa'

Tabula rasa: A blank slate, as in a politician such as Donald Trump whose specific approach to governing remains the subject of speculation and debate.

Tabula rasa dates from the 1530s and is from the Latin “scraped tablet,” or one on which the writing has been erased, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary. Its popularity has risen slightly over the past year, Google Trends shows.

Assessing the president-elect’s potential staffing choices, The New York Times’ Mark Landler wrote: “In such a chaotic environment, serving a president who is in many ways a tabula rasa, the appointees to key White House jobs like chief of staff and cabinet posts like secretary of state, defense secretary and Treasury secretary could wield outsize influence.” 
Source: CS Monitor

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