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    As noted in recent days, the Republican/Democrat ratio on cable news and Sunday morning shows is deplorable.

    "Ratio" is the noun in this sentence, and "Republican" and "Democrat" are used as adjectives.  However, the adjective of "Democrat" is not "Democrat", but "Democratic".

    As I said, this is a small thing but I've seen this sneak into the popular venacular after being pushed by the right wing.

    "It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence." Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by grannyhelen on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 12:59:01 PM PST

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    •  Thanks Granny! (none)
      Those old eyes are still pretty sharp!
      •  Not too old... (none)
        actually a stay-at-home mom in my mid-30's...the handle is a tribute to my great-grandmother, a lifelong Dem and general rabble rouser.

        You're welcome!

        "It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence." Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by grannyhelen on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 01:48:33 PM PST

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    •  could go either way (none)
      It's somewhat of an informal speaking style, but that sentence could be interpreted as a shorthand way of saying "the ratio of Republicans to Democrats is deplorable".  To take a similar example, you could say either "the American/Briton ratio" or "the American/British ratio".

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