Posts Tagged ‘American English’

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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