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Campaign-Speak

17 May, 2016

This morning I perched on the News Breakfast couch to undo the buzzwords heard on this year's hustings. Hustings, say, springs from Old Norse, a breakdown of house + assembly, a loose label for the king's staff versus the common folk. This sense carried across to England, where pleas were heard by a body of civic officials, hence that sense of peddling your cause.

Seek out the show's excerpt for more word-stories on the campaign trail. Or plunder these specimens below, turning any offerings into clues. (You can opt to retain a definition, or plump for pure wordplay.) Make merry on the electoral march.

CANDIDATE

LOBBYIST

SUPERANNUATION

BRACKET CREEP

FORWARD ESTIMATES

NEGATIVE GEARING

FISCAL POLICY

BELLWETHER

LEFT/RIGHT WING

BARNSTORMING

GRASS ROOTS

MANDATE

May the after-party preferred nominee conquer all.

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