Twitter brings new language to old institution, the Senate

Yahoo! News – “Grassley is one of an estimated 30 senators and more than 100 members of the House of Representatives who use Twitter — quite a development in an institution where messengers still bow when they enter the Senate chamber and votes are taken by members often putting their thumbs up or down. The irony, said Senate associate historian Don Ritchie , is that “members still use 19th century language in the chamber,” referring to one another in floor debate as the “distinguished gentlelady from Missouri ” and so forth.”

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