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30 / 10 / 2006

ELECTIONS IN ENGLISH: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

For those of you that receive the Daily Vitamin and live in Spain, you may know that this week there are parliamentary elections in Catalonia, where Ziggurat is based. Therefore, today we are going to review a few words related to elections.

Today's 1st word is: Politician

It means: someone who has a job in politics, especially in the government.

Today's 2nd word is: Politics

It means: the ideas and activities involved in getting power in a nation or in a particular area; the profession of begin a politician.

There is often confusion between these words. Josep Piqué, Artur Mas, Carod Rovira, etc. are politicians, and they practice politics.

Example 1:
Even if you don't like his politics, you must admit that he is an excellent politician. He generally gets his ideas passed in Parliament.  

Today's 3rd word is: (Political) Party

It means: an organised group of people who have similar ideas about the way a country should be governed. They work together to try to convince people to vote for them in elections.

Example 2:
He used to belong to the Communist party, but now he belongs to a more conservative party.

The word party, of course, can refer to a celebration or social event where people get together to have fun, usually eating, drinking, dancing, playing games, etc. It is the same word, but in politics it has a very different meaning.

I hope those of you who live in Catalonia will vote on Wednesday, even if it's only to cast a blank vote (votar en blanco).

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Have a great day!