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BIPARTISAN

Postby Dr. Goodword » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:48 pm

• bipartisan •

Pronunciation: bai-par-tê-zên • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Adjective

Meaning: Advocated or supported by two discrete parties or sides of an issue.

Notes: This word requires a small 'heads-up': because the S is pronounced [z] in this word, so there is a tendency to spell it with a Z. Avoid the temptation. Although an adjective bipartisan does not function adverbially. It does support a noun, however, which is bipartisanship.

In Play: The US Congress has shown little inclination for bipartisanship in recent years: "We can only expect strong bipartisan support for a bill to raise the salaries or benefits for members of Congress." Cooperation on other issues remains to be seen. However, bipartisanship is possible between any two parties with distinct positions or attitudes: "Management and labor reached a bipartisan agreement to provide equal restroom facilities for male and female employees."

Word History: Today's Good Word entered English around the turn of the 20th century. It was created from an older word, partisan, by adding the prefix bi- "two, both" to it. French picked the word up from Italian partezan, from parte "party, faction" + -ezan, a suffix indicating a member of some group. The root, part- goes back to Latin pars, part- "part, share", a word related to par "equal", used in the Modern English phrase "on a par with". It also turns up in Sanskrit purtam "reward" and Hittite parshiya- "fraction, part". Many English words trace their origins back to this root: parcel, parse, parity, to name just three. (I am sure the writers and readers of today's Good Word offer bipartisan gratitude to Chris Berry for suggesting it.)
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Postby MTC » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:37 am

"bipartisan:" (adj) tending to advance the interests of bisexuals.

Usage: The lobbyist for the bipartisan group redoubled his efforts after suffering a legislative defeat.

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Postby LukeJavan8 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:39 am

heh
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Postby Philip Hudson » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:51 pm

yuck
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:05 pm

ditto.
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Postby misterdoe » Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:44 pm

A word representing a dying idea, in politics anyway. :(
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:53 am

Especially when the country is so divided and one
poll says 30% of voters are "independent".
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Postby bamaboy56 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:55 pm

MTC said:
"bipartisan:" (adj) tending to advance the interests of bisexuals.
Can't say I've ever heard this word used with this definition. Odd. Have to agree that bipartisanship in government is rarely achieved. Too bad.
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Postby Slava » Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:51 pm

bamaboy56 wrote:MTC said:
"bipartisan:" (adj) tending to advance the interests of bisexuals.
Can't say I've ever heard this word used with this definition. Odd.

I do believe that was meant as a joke: partisanship of bisexuals.
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Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:02 pm

Some of us are so dense I suggest that jokes be followed with the word joke in parenthesis. Americans seem to consider the English to have a strange sense of humor. In the 1940s there was a comedy program on network radio in which several actors, one playing the part of an Englishman, took part. Toward the end of the show the Englishman would catch the point of a joke told earlier in the show and explain it to the panel. It was always clear that he never actually got the joke. What other people would laugh wildly at the mere mention of knickers?
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Postby Slava » Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:33 pm

Philip Hudson wrote:Some of us are so dense I suggest that jokes be followed with the word joke in parenthesis.

That was the original use for emoticons, or smileys as many call them. If you tell an obscure joke, or say something that could be insulting, put a :-) after it, and all is forgiven.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:00 am

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Postby bamaboy56 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:23 pm

Ouch! Didn't think I was THAT dense. Totally missed the joke.
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