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How partisan Americans insult each other: a guide

Posted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:05 am
by Erik_Kowal
With the US mid-terms having just taken place, there's a timely new entry in the Oxford Dictionaries blog by Katherine Connor Martin (Head of US Dictionaries at Oxford University Press) which examines the terms of abuse that partisan Democrats and Republicans like to hurl at each other.

After reviewing and analysing in some detail the prevalence of each side's preferred terms of invective, she concludes thus:
"A case can be made that our language of partisan insults is as polarized as every other aspect of American political life. But there may be a ray of hope: partisans on both sides of the aisle accuse each other of being racists and bigots, demonstrating a consensus that intolerance and discrimination are universally reprehensible. And while there may not be much common ground between Democrats and Republicans, at least we can all agree on calling each other 'idiots' ".
Amen to that.

Re: How partisan Americans insult each other: a guide

Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:36 am
by Wizard of Oz
.. and just think >> we pay them good money to do it !!

WoZ of words