On the eve of Election Day in the United States, there are all kinds of words swirling around. Let’s look at the vocabulary of an election. (All definitions are from Merriam-Webster.com.)
Rhetoric: 1. the art of speaking or writing effectively…; 2. a: the study skill in the effective use of speech; b: a type or mode of language or speech; also: insincere or grandiloquent language; 3: verbal communication: discourse
Partisan: 1.: a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; especially: one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance
Campaign: 1. a connected series of military operations forming a distinct phase of a war; 2. a connected series of operations designed to bring about a particular result <election campaign>
Stump: 5. a place or occasion for public speaking (as for a cause or candidate); also: the circuit followed by a maker of such speeches —used especially in the phrase on the stump
Swing: a: to cause to move vigorously through a wide arc or circle <swing an ax> b: to cause to sway to and fro; c (1 : to cause to turn on an axis (2) : to cause to face or move in another direction <swing the car into a side road> [A swing state is a state whose voting may swing the election in one direction.]
Pollster: someone who makes questions for a poll, asks questions in a poll, or collects and presents results from a poll
Those headed out to vote tomorrow can now feel secure in their knowledge of election terminology. Have fun!