What is a “Potemkin” Village?

“Fake It – Till You Make It”

Courtesy: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org

By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

Originally, a Potemkin Village was any construction whose sole purpose was to provide an external façade making people believe a failing country was prosperous.

DEFINITION: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potemkin_village

The term comes from a fake portable village built to impress Empress Catherine II by her lover Grigory Potemkin, during her journey to Crimea, in 1787.

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The term “Potemkin” has spawned other linguistic machinations, as well:

P-NUMBERS: Are made up and appear to be valid and legitimate but are not based in reality.

P-POLITICS: Candidates who say have a certain amount of donated money but have actually received less.

LINK: https://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Health-Economics-Finance-Marcinko/dp/0826102549/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254413315&sr=1-6

P-HOSPITALS: Impressive, but actually sham facades, in Wuhan, China?

P-NETWORKS: Erroneous quantitative data point like “counts”, “likes” or “winks” for posts on social media forums or e-boards; etc.

LINK: https://thefuturebuzz.com/2012/06/12/social-proofiness-spotting-digital-potemkin-numbers/

Conclusion: Do you know of any other word derivations? Please opine.

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2 Responses

  1. A P-Wall

    Indian city builds 1,640-foot wall to hide slums during Trump’s visit

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/indian-city-builds-1640-foot-wall-to-hide-slums-during-trumps-visit/vi-BB10a06R

    Dashu

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