Saturday, October 16, 2004

Let's go get the votes of Mugwumps

From the friends at Merriam-Webster:

The Word of the Day for Oct 16 is:

mugwump \MUG-wump\ noun

1 : a bolter from the Republican party in 1884
*2 : a person who is independent in politics or who remains undecided or neutral

Example sentence:
Campaigning heated up in the swing states as the election approached, both sides making a last bid for the mugwump vote.

Did you know?
An 18th-century Massachusett Indian might not recognize his people's word for "war leader" if he saw it used today. In early America, "mugwump," our version of the Native American "mugquomp," was sometimes jestingly applied to someone who was the "head guy." The first political mugwumps were Republicans in the presidential race of 1884 who chose to support Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland rather than their own party's nominee. Their independence prompted one 1930s humorist to define a mugwump as "a bird who sits with its mug on one side of the fence and its wump on the other."

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