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The Age’s fanciful “landslide” talk should stop #vicvotes

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Age has taken to describing Saturday’s election as a landslide to the Coalition.  Words have meanings attached to them, so let’s look at the what the word landslide actually means when applied to electoral politics.

an overwhelming electoral victory (Collins)

a situation in which a person or political party wins an election by a very big majority (MacMillan)

an election in which a particular victorious candidate or party receives an overwhelming mass or majority of votes (dictionary.com)

Baillieu will probably have a majority of 2 seats in the Lower House.  By definition, then, calling the result a landslide can best be described as lying, defined as:

to deliberately say something that is not true (MacMillan)

to speak untruthfully with the intention of deceiving (Collins)

telling or containing lies; deliberately untruthful; mendacious; false (dictionary.com)

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  1. November 29, 2010 at 09:31

    The Age has stopped being a “Victorian” paper and is now a “Melbourne” paper. Not worth reading.

  2. jeffro
    November 29, 2010 at 14:42

    1. I would think that transitioning (there’s a good piece of recent Labor terminology) from political oblivion to Government, against all the odds, constitutes a landslide and 2. Suggest you get a job as you sound way miserable.

    • PQ
      November 29, 2010 at 14:45

      It was not a landslide. It’s not my definition to decide, or yours for that matter. And why would you bother making nasty, personal comments anonymously? I never understand why people do that.

  1. November 30, 2010 at 08:03
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