Tuesday, June 30, 2009

And Now, Read About Politics

But not quite!

Are you incorporating a lot of politics and government in your novel? Then you may want to visit World Wide Words and read up on how words as common as poll, politician and election have gotten flak over the years. Did you know that poll comes from an Old Germanic term meaning “head” – so literally, polling is counting heads? And that voting, as it comes from the original Latin, is actually the process of making a vow?

For more information, read http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/elections.htm. You’ll find interesting facts that should show you how words have developed over the years. Yes, politics is just getting dirtier and dirtier.

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