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Candidate – Wearer of the White Toga – “Safire’s Political Dictionary”, William Safire

July 4th, 2011 · No Comments · Democracy, Political Communication, Politics

(The word ‘candidate’) comes from the latin candidatus, wearer of the white toga, which the Roman office-seekers always wore as a symbol of their purity. The same root gave the language ‘candor’ and ‘incandescence,’ qualities that candidates occasionally have.

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