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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: jackrabbit

    Posted by on November 23, 2016

    The blog schedule has been rather crowded lately, so this post looks at Open Dictionary submissions for two months, September and October.  Submissions were slightly up in September and again in October, but the number of rejected entries was up too, with approval levels for both months falling below 30% for the first time since […]

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  • US election word of the week: electoral college

    Posted by on November 08, 2016

    Welcome to the final post in our series looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process. As the election finally takes place we look at a vital part of the process, the Electoral College. The Electoral College was established by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution as a compromise […]

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  • US election word of the week: POTUS

    Posted by on November 02, 2016

    Our series looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process is coming to an end. As election day approaches we look at one of the familiar names given to the President, POTUS. My first encounter with the term POTUS as a nickname for the President of the United States […]

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  • US election word of the week: bigly

    Posted by on October 25, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in November. This week’s word is bigly. For linguists, the language of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is the gift that just keeps on giving. Along with locker room […]

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  • US election word of the week: war chest

    Posted by on October 18, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in November. This week’s word is war chest. A candidate fighting an election in the US needs a great deal of money: it is estimated that the last presidential […]

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  • US election word of the week: spin room

    Posted by on October 11, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s word is spin room. It has become customary following political debates for staff and supporters of the different candidates to gather in a so-called […]

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  • US election word of the week: red state, blue state

    Posted by on October 05, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s words are red state and blue state. In last week’s post on swing states, we mentioned the alternative term purple state, so named because […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: fauxmance

    Posted by on September 29, 2016

    Submissions to the Open Dictionary in August were slightly up on July, and approval levels were slightly down at 36%. I mentioned last month entries that I reject with regret because, although they have a certain appeal, there is no independent evidence of their use. The other side of this coin is words that look […]

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  • US election word of the week: swing state

    Posted by on September 27, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s word is swing state. A swing state, also known as a battleground state or a purple state, is a state in which no candidate […]

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  • US election word of the week: birther

    Posted by on September 20, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s word is birther. Although it is not strictly speaking anything to do with the language of the electoral process, the term birther has dominated […]

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