Dear Mike Lee, Words Matter

And You’re Using Them Wrong

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Rather, I’m going back to the tweet that started the whole conversation, including the Deseret News article he took umbrage with:

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Anecdotally, it appears he has held this deep belief — that U.S. residents live in a constitutional republic, and NOT a democracy — since at least high school.

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Fun Fact:

His loss, but also a loss for so many Americans who now have to deal with his arrogance.

Let’s back up and look at the most basic source of word meanings: the dictionary.

Diving In

What Does the Word “Democracy” Actually Mean?

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What Is a Republic, Anyway?

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What does Dictionary.com have to say?

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Oh, It Gets Better

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That’s right: THEY MEAN THE SAME THING.

So Why, Aside from Lingering Teenage Immaturity, Is Mike Lee Arguing This Point Right Now?

My suspicion is that, in addition to the nitpicking of these words being a weird hobbyhorse of his for most of his life, he’s bringing it up now because of three things:

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USA Today bestselling & award-winning author of women’s fiction & romance. Word nerd. Chocoholic. Mom. https://taplink.cc/annette.lyon

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