Word of the Day for Tuesday, November 6, 2012 (from dictionary.com)
franchise \FRAN-chahyz\, noun:
1. The right to vote.
2. A privilege of a public nature conferred on an individual,group, or company by a government.
Examples of use:
One factor in the early mobilization of feminism was the 1832 Reform Act, through which women’s exclusion from the franchise was formalized.
— Angélique Richardson, Chris Willis, The new woman in fiction and in fact: fin-de-siècle feminisms
The national referendum of 1963 reflected general support for the six-point reform program, which included land reform and the franchise for women.
— Robin Morgan, Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women’s Movement Anthology –
Franchise derives from the Old French word for “freedom,” which shares a root with the English frank.
I’m grateful that I have learned this meaning of the word franchise. Also to even have the right to vote.
For those of you in the U.S., please vote today if you haven’t already. (I apologize to those of you elsewhere for making this post America -focused. Oh my gosh, did I just ‘apologize’ to ‘foreigners’? Sorry, couldn’t resist, U.S. joke.)
Thanks for reading!