[Ads-l] "malpractice" = incompetence

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Sun Jun 5 17:15:51 UTC 2016

I think what threw me was that the thrust of the passage is that the one who suffered from Trump’s malpractice was Trump himself – thus “campaign malpractice” (in this case) isn’t quite parallel to the normal uses of the term.

I can envisage contexts in which “campaign malpractice”, in the sense of illicit dirty tricks, *would* be appropriate, but this doesn’t seem to be how it was being used in the article.


[I’m having to send this as an independent mail, since neither my original post nor any of the replies showed up in my mailbox – I had to go to the ADS-l site to see what was happening.  Slightly interesting that the *entire thread* seems to be being deflected somewhere.  Worm weather with a vengeance.  R.]


Sun Jun 5 12:14:02 EDT 2016 

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See OED3 sense 1b (with cites back to 1861): "More generally: incompetence,
negligence, or unethical conduct on the part of any professional person
(esp. a lawyer), official, etc."

Common collocates for "malpractice" in recent years include "educational,"
"journalistic," and "political."

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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