“psephologist”

A psephologist is someone who studies how people vote during elections. He goes around taking opinion polls, and as soon as the voting comes to an end, he makes predictions about who is likely to win. “Psephologist” comes from the Latin “psephos” meaning, “pebble vote”. In ancient times, people made use of pebbles.

Pronunciation: The first “p” is silent; the “ph” that follows is like the “f” in “fine”, “fat”, and “few”. The first “o” sounds like “o” in “dog”, “log”, and “fog”, while the second is like the “a” in “china”. The “g” in the final syllable is like the “j” in “jam” and “jelly”, and the main stress is on the second syllable “pho”.

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, Dec 06, 2004

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