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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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  • US election word of the week: pivot

    Posted by on September 14, 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 pivot. For months now commentators have been asking: Will he or won’t he? Once Donald Trump has secured the Republican nomination, will […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: bawbag

    Posted by on August 31, 2016

    Numbers of submissions to the Open Dictionary in July were back to normal levels, and approval levels were back up too, with just over 40% of submitted entries being approved for publication. Sometimes entries are rejected with regret, because although there is no independent evidence for their use, they have a certain charm or energy […]

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  • US election word of the week: stump

    Posted by on August 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 stump. Browsing the news this weekend my eye was caught by the following sentences in an article in The Guardian about the […]

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  • US election words of the week: hard and soft money

    Posted by on August 23, 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 hard money and soft money. In a previous post in this series we looked at the terms PAC and super PAC. The […]

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  • US election word of the week: third-party candidate

    Posted by on August 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 term is third-party candidate. American politics is dominated by the two behemoths, the Democrats and the Republicans, with other parties garnering very little support […]

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  • US election word of the week: write-in

    Posted by on August 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 write-in. Write-in can refer both to a candidate whose name is not printed on the ballot paper and to a vote for […]

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  • US election word of the week: contested convention

    Posted by on August 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 contested convention. Now that the balloons have deflated and the banners have been put away, the presidential campaign is moving into its […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: Bregret

    Posted by on July 27, 2016

    June saw a considerable drop in submissions to the Open Dictionary following May’s peak, and a drop in quality too, with just 28% of submitted entries being approved for publication. Types of submissions that will always be rejected include: entries that consist of the submitter’s own name, or that of someone they fancy, or dislike, […]

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