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Election Translator
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occam
2019-11-05 08:33:19 UTC
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First there was Brexit, now there's a new election in the UK. Both a
rich source of rare words. Remember 'hustings' or 'prorogation'?

The BBC article below provides an easy to use 'election translator' to
explain most of the terms.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-50236141

Notable ones, from my perspective:

* Psephologist - A person who studies how people vote and uses this to
model what the outcome of the election might be.

* Purdah - The pre-election period for civil servants and other
governmental agencies, during which they have to be careful about using
public resources in a way that might help candidates or parties

* Spin Room - where the spin doctors gather to consult?
Peter T. Daniels
2019-11-05 15:14:16 UTC
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Post by occam
First there was Brexit, now there's a new election in the UK. Both a
rich source of rare words. Remember 'hustings' or 'prorogation'?
The BBC article below provides an easy to use 'election translator' to
explain most of the terms.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-50236141
* Psephologist - A person who studies how people vote and uses this to
model what the outcome of the election might be.
(legitimate name of a specialty within political science that there'd
rarely been reason to refer to)
Post by occam
* Purdah - The pre-election period for civil servants and other
governmental agencies, during which they have to be careful about using
public resources in a way that might help candidates or parties
An ordinary Indianism for a period of seclusion (IIRC of a widow after
the death of her lord and master).
Post by occam
* Spin Room - where the spin doctors gather to consult?
They have those in Britland now? The Spin Room is where the candidates'
flaks gather to "spin" their person's performance during a debate that's
just been televised.

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