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  • US election word of the week: Trumpmentum

    Posted by on June 28, 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 Trumpmentum. As Donald Trump sweeps towards almost certain Republican nomination next month, it seems like a good time to look at this […]

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  • US election word of the week: presumptive nominee

    Posted by on June 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 presumptive nominee. Having passed the threshold of 1237 delegates he needs to win the Republican nomination, Donald Trump is now the party’s […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: dude food

    Posted by on May 31, 2016

    Submissions to the Open Dictionary in April were back to normal levels, with slightly over one third of all entries being approved for publication. The new entries were the usual mix: some rare words; a number of specialized or technical terms; several recent coinages and new meanings; and some words and phrases that had not […]

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  • US election word of the week: closed primary

    Posted by on May 30, 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 closed primary. At the time of writing, Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has just won the support of voters in Oregon by a […]

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  • US election word of the week: the GOP

    Posted by on May 17, 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 the GOP. The GOP, pronounced by saying the individual letters, is a familiar name for the US Republican Party. Here’s what Wikipedia […]

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  • US election word of the week: front-runner

    Posted by on May 10, 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 front-runner. Until last week, the front-runners in the contest for the US Presidential nominations were Donald Trump for the Republicans and Hillary […]

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  • US election word of the week: town hall meeting

    Posted by on May 03, 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 town hall meeting. President Obama, in London for a brief visit a couple of weeks ago, found time in a packed schedule […]

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  • US election word of the week: Acela primary

    Posted by on April 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, hot off the press, is Acela primary. If you are anything like me, this week’s election word will mean nothing to you. Despite […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: marmalade dropper

    Posted by on April 26, 2016

    207 new entries entered the Open Dictionary in March. This higher-than-usual total is due to the addition of over 100 BuzzWords culled from Kerry Maxwell‘s column of the same name. As its name suggests, the BuzzWord column focuses on the very latest linguistic novelties, and since the items added came from columns published in the […]

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  • US election word of the week: winner takes all

    Posted by on April 19, 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 actually a phrase: winner take(s) all. In a proportional primary or caucus, the delegates are allocated in proportion to the percentage of […]

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