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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

gerrymander

\JER-i-man-der\ , verb;
1.
The dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible.
Quotes:
To appease aggravated fan bases, the league will gerrymander the early non-divisional, non-crossover scheduling to allow Wisconsin to play both Nebraska and Iowa in 2011 and 2012.
-- Scott Dochterman, "Final guesses on Big Ten divisional realignment," Doc's Office blog, gazetteonline.com, September 2010.
They could not, though, tire of the unilateral focus upon feathering the rich's pockets and gerrymander the system.
-- Carlene Hatcher Polite, Pierre Alien, The Flagellants
Origin:
Gerrymander is named after E. Gerry (governor of Massachusetts, whose party redistricted the state in 1812) + (sala)mander, from the fancied resemblance of the map of Essex County, Mass., to this animal, after the redistricting.
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