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    Default Grits and Tories

    I don't know if this applies only to Canadian newspapers but they call Liberal party Grits and Conservatives Tories.

    I think I know where the name Tories stems from, probably taking the last few letters from Conservatories, but why Grits for the Liberals? Anyone know?

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    Tory doesn't come from 'conservatory', which is very different from Conservative. It originally comes from Gaelic and had a negative meaning: http://www.takeourword.com/Issue050.html

    Tory is used in Britain too, though we don't use 'Grits' for our Liberals. It means high-grade sand: http://www.uoftliberals.ca/theLiberalParty.aspx

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    Hmm I can see where the name Grits came from now (building blocks for the country, kind of deal I guess?), but why such misbigotten name for the conservatives? were they ill-intended when founded? Or were they unwelcomed minorities and jeered at, and people nicknamed the party that way? OR maybe there's another story behind it? I don't know... do you?

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    Default Re: Grits and Tories

    I'm not sure, but have always assumed it was something like the gay community adopting terms like 'queer' that had been used as insults and making them their own.

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