What's in a Word | All Blogs


Campaign pain

By Debra Dobbins

Below, Jeff Parker, a cartoonist for Florida Today, comments on the effectiveness of campaign attack ads.

Many folks would argue that such ads and fiction are both untrue. These ads are unlikely to go away, though. The strategy of “going negative” seems entrenched in the war of words that candidates wage to obtain votes.

It is not a big surprise, then, to read that “campaign” comes from the French word campagne, meaning “open country suited to military maneuvers,” according to Webster’s. Webster’s also notes that the word’s meaning has been broadened to refer to a “military expedition.”

In under a month, the war will mercifully end—for this election season, anyway. With luck, the ultimate victors will be voters who have managed to separate facts from fiction before filling out their ballots.


 

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
Let’s Drink to the Grammy Awards
By David Goe
Friday, February 5, 2016

A little buried
By Penny Stine
Monday, February 1, 2016

This is a cool thing to grow in January!
By Penny Stine
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

WHAT NEXT FOR THE SOB?
By Nic.Korte
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Copper Club Celebrates Anniversary with Local Bands
By David Goe
Friday, January 22, 2016


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Advertiser Tearsheet
Information

© 2016 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy