The Closet Moderate: Re-election

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


There's a plague of neologisms and clichés every election season, and this one is no different. What's sticking in your humble bloggard's grammatical craw this year: the re-elect.

No, it's not because I'm a closet Whig who doesn't believe Presidents should ever be re-elected (true?), nor is it because I don't find this particular President worthy of re-election (true!). It's more basic than that: re-elect is a fucking verb! The noun is re-election. I'm not even picky on how you spell it: reelection, re-election, or even, like those pretentious twats at the New Yorker, reëlection. Whatever. Just get the part of speech right.

You politicos who mangle this fairly simple concept sound like a bunch of morons.


juicepockets said...

It's not just the political types. Over on Entertainment Weekly's website they have short bloggy responses to various TV shows and will title the posts "How I Met Your Mother React," for example. They mean "reaction," so the use of "react" definitely sticks in my craw.

Silent Cal said...

Alas! I had not thought death had undone so many.