Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 10 18:17:53 UTC 2009

And earlier:

1989 David Held _Political Theory and the Modern State_  (Stanford U.P.)
128: Relating such findings to phenomena such as the demise in support for
the two major parties....

1990 Richard B. Baldauf &  Allan Luke _Language Planning and Education in
Australasia and the South Pacific_ (Multilingual Matters) 291:
With the demise in educational television in Samoa, there has been a loss of

interest in educational programs being developed there.

1990 could mean "demise ['loss'] of," but that would be noteworthy in


On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 2:05 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

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> Some earlier discussion somewhere.
> A CNN commentator reporting earlier today on Obama's current "favorabity
> rating" drew attention to the "demise in the Democratic numbers."
> Since Obama's popularity is reported at 52%, down from the last time, the
> word clearly means "decline."
> Bonus: Contrast "left-wing" CNN's house-style "Democratic Party" with "fair
> and balanced" Fox's "Democrat Party."
> JL
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