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Recently I wrote a blog about "Driver’s License" vs. "Driver License." My argument was that one should use the term used by the issuing agency. In California, Texas, Washington D.C. and several other locations, the term is "Driver License." Many states, such as Illinois and Massachusetts, use the term "Driver’s License."
That blog prompted lots of email from people who wrote things like, "Don’t use the same term as the stupid DMV" and "Every dictionary says ‘driver’s license.’ " I also received links to the always correct Wikipedia, online dictionaries and blogs.
One guy sent me several emails and argued that I had too much time on my hands. That’s not really true, but I do obviously have enough time to write every now and then. That same guy was so incensed about the driver license thing that he demanded I provide the contact information for my "supervisor," which I didn't.
Today I got an email from a guy who wrote this: "Ok, I’ll quit saying "driver’s license" if you quit calling Democrats Democratic. A Democrat is a politician or a party, Democratic is a form of government. Deal?"
I had to tell him "no deal" and that he needed to check the history of the political party organized by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Way back in the day when dueling pistols were still a fairly recent innovation, the Democratic Party was born as the "Democratic-Republican Party." As firearms matured, so did the Democratic - Republican Party. In 1824 the party split into the National Republicans and the Democratic Party.
The party today continues to be the Democratic Party. Republicans adopted "Democrat" party as a derogative term in the 1990s. But it's still the Democratic Party.
I have no political agenda in the KFI news department and I prefer to stick with the facts. The facts are always powerful and many people will ignore them if that'll further their agenda or make them feel good.