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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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  • Still medalling and podiuming, and finalling too

    Posted by on August 16, 2016

    Another Olympics, another controversy about nouns having the effrontery to turn themselves into verbs. As well as medalling and podiuming, the world’s elite athletes have been final(l)ing, golding, silvering and bronzing away like mad, not to mention the spectators who have been spectating without a thought for the linguistic outrages being committed by commentators and […]

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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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  • US election word of the week: running mate

    Posted by on July 26, 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 running mate. As the Democratic convention gets underway in Philadelphia, both parties’ nominees have now announced their running mates. The running mate […]

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  • US election word of the week: convention

    Posted by on July 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 convention. As the Macmillan Dictionary definition shows, a convention is simply a meeting attended by people who belong to a profession or […]

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  • US election words of the week: PAC and super PAC

    Posted by on July 12, 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 PAC and super PAC. In 2012 it cost Barack Obama and Mitt Romney an estimated one billion dollars each to run for […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: domestic engineer

    Posted by on July 05, 2016

    Submissions to the Open Dictionary in May were similar in number to April’s, with around one third of submitted entries again being approved for publication. The new entries were the usual mix of recent coinages and new meanings, specialized or technical terms, rare words, abbreviations, and a few standard words and phrases that had just […]

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