Rethuglican (2000?)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Jun 13 23:56:00 UTC 2006

Many of those "Repugs" are undoubtedly due to erroneous keystrokes.


Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU> wrote:
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On 6/13/06, James Callan wrote:
> From: Bapopik at AOL.COM
> > RETHUGLICAN--54,100 Google hits
> > ...
> > ...
> > This term has been floating around a lot, especially on sites like the Daily
> > Kos. HDAS? Double Tongued Word Wrester?
> I'm much more familiar with the pithier "Repugs" -- 405,000 ghits in the plural,
> 270,000 in the singular.

"Repug(s)" and "Repuglican(s)" go back to 1994 in the Usenet archive.
A watershed year in partisan politics, what with the GOP taking
control of Congress, the Contract With America, the ascension of
Limbaugh, etc.

--Ben Zimmer

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