• To cause one's own statements or actions to go against themselves or become entangled, thus causing one's arguments to become ineffective.
• [Taken from pretzel, the twisted pastry (Ger. Brezel), and the prefix em-, denoting the process of making into a pretzel, and used in Time's article "In the Arena" by columnist Joe Klein to describe a contradictory statement in the February 2006 issue.]--http://www.langmaker.com/db/Empretzelment
THE WORD IN USE AS A NOUN
"This is a curious self-empretzelment: How did it come about that when Bush talks about Palestinians he sounds like Ted Kennedy talking about Americans?" Klein, J. (2006). Democracy, the morning after. Time, Feb 6, 2006.
THE NOUN FORM IN USE THIS WEEK BY ITS INVENTOR:
". . . both of these front runners seem slightly dated. McCain has lost more altitude, trailing Rudy Giuliani 29% among Republicans in a CBS poll last week. Clinton maintains her 20-point lead among democrats, but her Iraq empretzelment may be a leading indicator of a stiff, consultant-swarmed campaign that will come across as clanky in 2008. (25)--Klein, Joe. "How the Front Runners Lost Their Edge. Time magazine, March 5, 2007.
BLOGGIN' JOHN COMMENTS:
Empretzelment strikes me as a neologism that will swiftly enter our general pool of words and soon be cited in our dictionaries.
Why? Because it sports several attractive features:
• an immediately understandable metaphoric base;
• a tag-along visual image (pretzel) to embed in imagination and memory;
• an arch faux-Latin construction (oops: mixing the French with the Latin); and
• a playful sound for the mouth to "pronounciate" (my own neologism-cum-nonce word [the latter defined as a word invented expressly for a particular occasion]).