Thingish Things

Newsday Column: Year of the Woman Voter, Uggh

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - May• 18•12

I was hoping that 2012 would turn out to be the year of the female voter. But I’m afraid it will be the year of the woman voter — again. It has been every election year since I can remember.

“Women voters” will play a major role in who wins the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the presidency, while nary a peep will be heard from the female ones. We will hear from women senators, women pollsters and women experts, all of whom will wax eloquently about the woman vote on television panels for the next six months.

I’m no grammatical genius — I couldn’t cough up the difference between an apposition and a periphrastic if I were waterboarded by Strunk and White — but I can tell when something sounds awful. And the term “woman voter” sounds like gravel in my ears. I can’t be alone in that.

The remainder of this column is on Newsday Westchester.  Thanks for reading. 

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