Friday, 10th April 2015

by Joshua Gaskell

Hung parliament, n.

Pronunciation: /hʌŋ pɑːləm(ə)nt/
Etymology: < hung adj. + parliament n.

One in which no party has an overall majority, so that the party that forms the government is dependant on the support of one or more of the smaller parties. (This can lead to a frustrated public wishing instead for a hanged parliament, in which all MPs have been put to death by suspension by the neck.)