1. Welcome to Baptist Board, a friendly forum to discuss the Baptist Faith in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to get access to all the features that our community has to offer.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless!

Usage of terms

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by StefanM, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. StefanM

    StefanM Well-Known Member
    Site Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2004
    Messages:
    7,108
    Likes Received:
    144
    Faith:
    Baptist
    I have a question.

    Why do so many refer to the Democratic party as the "Democrat" party.

    I know there is the subtle dig of disrespect, but what does it really accomplish?
     
  2. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
    Site Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Messages:
    39,812
    Likes Received:
    1,022
    Faith:
    Baptist
    because it bugs them.
     
  3. Palatka51

    Palatka51 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2007
    Messages:
    3,724
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well, if Obama is the popular winner and the "super delegates" choose Clinton will they deserve the name "Democratic"? Even the name Democrat will have been a misnomer.
     
  4. StefanM

    StefanM Well-Known Member
    Site Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2004
    Messages:
    7,108
    Likes Received:
    144
    Faith:
    Baptist
    It bugs me because it's bad English. :D
    -StefanM, Republican
     
  5. EdSutton

    EdSutton New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2006
    Messages:
    8,755
    Likes Received:
    0
    A quick lesson in grammar and political history, and not intended as a subtle dig, at least by me:

    'Political "ID"' / Political party

    'Federalist' / Federalist Party

    'Whig' / Whig Party

    'Republican' / Republican Party

    'Democrat' / ______ Party

    (You fill in the blank.)

    The grammatical reason has to do with the fact that 'democratic' is an adjective, unlike the other terms, including "Democrat" that are both adjectives and proper nouns. There is no such thing as an individual who is a "Democratic".

    Is is actually perfectly permissible to describe the Democrat Party as a democratic party, BTW.
    One might also say that an example of a democratic party is the Democrat Party.

    Whether or not either is, or is not an accurate description and/or is, or is not defensible is another story entirely, but not one I am interested in for this discussion

    While a Political Party may style itself in any way it wants, I guess, this is an improper use of grammar. That is why I may refer to Democrat Party. Anyone else will have to speak for themselves.

    Ed
     
    #5 EdSutton, Mar 5, 2008
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 5, 2008
  6. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
    Site Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2004
    Messages:
    22,467
    Likes Received:
    469
    Faith:
    Baptist
    :thumbs: I agree with you.
     
  7. dragonfly

    dragonfly New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2008
    Messages:
    1,594
    Likes Received:
    0
    And we all know, that is what Jesus would do, right?
     
Loading...