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  •  Shorty Etymology on "Riding" (3+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for mentioning the etymology on the word "riding."  I was familiar with its application as an election district in Canada from listening to the Canadian Parliament election results of the past few years but did not know that its source stretched back much farther in time.  I had assumed that the term derived from something similar to term "circuit court" as we use it in the US - a court on which a judge made a circuit to handle affairs.  Given Canada's large size, a "riding" always seemed to indicate the distance over which a member of Parliament could effectively provide services to their constituents.  Clearly the drafters of the Canadian system decided on a more august term

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    by PrahaPartizan on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 08:16:08 AM PST

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