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In fact, people who have been in psephology for 50 years have never seen a party come from the mid-20s to the high 30s in a space of three weeks.
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Psephology is from the Greek word psēphos, meaning "pebble." (One relative ofpsephology is psephomancy, meaning "divination by pebbles.") Psephology merited election as the name for the work of analysts of elections, or psephologists, because pebbles were used by the ancient Greeks in voting. Similarly, the word ballot was an excellent choice for a means of voting since it is derived from balla, the Italian word for "ball," and Italians placed balls in a container to cast votes.
Origin and Etymology of psephology
Greek psēphos pebble, ballot, vote; from the use of pebbles by the ancient Greeks in voting
First Known Use: 1952See Words from the same year
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