Former House Majority Leader and erstwhile Tea Party maven Dick Armey (above) was interviewed on the telly the other day and repeatedly misused the noun “Democrat” as an adjective.
It behooves me, then, to trot out my oft-used grammar lesson on this matter, lest admirers of Mr. Armey make even bigger fools of themselves than they already are.
The name of the oldest political party in America is the Democratic Party of the United States. It’s members are known as “Democrats” (a noun).
Grammatically proper references to the party, its plans, its proposals, etc., require the use of the adjective ...