First lady is 'not an official title' and other tips from AP's 2016 Election Guide

The Associated Press' 2016 Election Guide is out, with reminders on familiar terms and the correct way to use them. For instance:

  • democratic socialism Sen. Bernie Sanders' self-described political leaning, akin to European democratic socialism.
  • first lady Not an official title, always lowercase.
  • press secretary Seldom a formal title and thus lowercase.
  • rank and file (n.), rank-and-file (adj.) Ordinary members of a political party.
  • stalking horse Someone who enters a political race to lure voters away from rivals, then drops out and endorses another candidate.


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