Should news media use term “GOP”?

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A conversation starter from Fran Fried via Jim Romensko: Should the news media use the term GOP to describe the Republican Party?

This is something that’s been on the back of my mind for a long time — the media’s use of the acronym “GOP” to describe the Republican Party. I know it makes things easier for copy editors like me in an era of narrowed web widths, but simply: Isn’t “Grand Old Party” a form of editorializing? (And “Just because it’s always been done that way” isn’t a legit response …)

Whatever one’s politics, calling an institution “Grand,” regardless of track record, is lending it some sort of credibility it might or might not deserve. And the term was coined when the party wasn’t more than 35 years old — in a Chicago Tribune editorial after the 1888 election.

A nitpick, sure, but one that should at least be visited or pondered. And, for brevity’s sake, “RP” and “DP” are shorter than GOP.

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