"bride-elect" -- an odd term

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 3 20:58:56 UTC 2007

They both sound okay to me, G. My WAG is that they became
unfashionable after the passage of my lost youth, when "-elect" was
considered quite classy, very NYTimes-y, and may (or may not) be
becoming fashionable, again.


On 11/3/07, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at umr.edu> wrote:
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> I'm sometimes amazed at how a term I never heard before turns out to be frequent, or at least not infrequent.  I just came across "bride-elect" (= bride-to-be) in the wedding-announcements of a recent issue of my local newspaper.
> Google shows 94,600 instances of this. "Groom-elect" has 14,800 hits, a term I had never  seen or heard before either.
> In any case, both terms strike me as odd.  It's as if the family and friends got together and cast ballots for who should be selected for the marriage.
> Gerald Cohen
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