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New In The Kiosk

A passing comment in this Philocrites post reminds me of a pet peeve that deserves some time in the Kiosk. I'm a pretty stong nominalist, so I'm generally very accomodating when someone finds a certain bit of terminology offensive. But I have to draw the line at getting worked up over the use of "Democrat" as an adjective (e.g. "the Democrat Party"). Certainly "Democratic" is grammatically correct, but it's absurd to be offended when someone drops the "ic" -- heck, you're just handing them a stick to poke you with. Then again, given that the Democratic Party's actual positions are increasingly indistinguishable from the GOP's, I guess partisans need to find something to justify their fierce rivalry.


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