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During the Cold War, many people bridled at obvious misnomers like “German Democratic Republic,” and perhaps there are some members of the Republican Party (which, come to think of it, has been drifting toward monarchism of late) who genuinely regard the Democratic Party as undemocratic. Perhaps there are some who hope to induce it to go out of existence by refusing to call it by its name, à la terming Israel “the Zionist entity.” And no doubt there are plenty of others who say “Democrat Party” just to needle the other side while signalling solidarity with their own—the partisan equivalent of flashing a gang sign.
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miketroll From: miketroll Date: August 3rd, 2006 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope a little ic-kiness by their opponents is all the Democrats have to worry about! Best strategy is to ignore it.

I was a student in Germany when it was West Germany. A lot of West Germans referred to East Germany as the "so-called German Democratic Republic". The sentiment was sound, but this phrase sometimes took on a religious overtone, as when Muslims speak of the Prophet always as "the Prophet, Mohammed, peace and blessings be upon him". It gets tedious. In student circles, the omission of "so-called", deliberate or accidental, could spark off a heated political debate. Happy days!

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