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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 3:26 pm    Post subject: "Democrat" party Reply with quote

It must've been a talking point sent out maybe a year or two
ago. I attribute it to some Republican party focus group where
"democrat party" tested less favorably than "democratic party".

First of all, I don't think it is a "fair" move, and is a manifest
sign of bias on the part of the speaker. It reminds me of a
presidential TV ad I saw, I guess in 2003, that used subliminal
techniques to highlight the "rat" in "democratic". I follow
(Air America Radio Personality) Thom Hartman's practice of
correcting speakers who use this term. It does not take a great
deal of moral authority to demonstrate that a speaker making
this "mistake" is indulging in a semi-subliminal partisan
attack. Or ignorantly repeating it.

But still I wonder why it works. Could it be that the image that
the public has of "a democrat" is not as favorable as it has of the
party as a whole? Is it just the modification of the word (as in
"greenie") that makes it something of a slur? Is it part of a
process whereby certain words are demonized (a la "liberal")
and other words (euphemisms) are used to avoid the discredited
ones? But it would be unthinkable to publically denigrate
democracy, so the word "democrat" is attacked, and not
"democratic". I'm not sure. Perhaps someone else will have
a clearer understanding of this and post a reply.

In the meantime, I'm working on a second-level response. If
a speaker refuses to be corrected, and doesn't mind being
shown as a partisan hack, what then? Since we're talking about
name-calling, I'd like to have a name to counter with. This
isn't easy, so I'll just throw out a couple of examples. Maybe one
of us will come up with something better:

Republican't party
Publican party (an obscure word meaning innkeeper)
Republic party
Repo party



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with you here, but I think it falls into the category of "it's stupid, but it works".
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think, then this would more properly be called a "dysphemism",
but I have no plans for making a separate forum for them.
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