Some of you will know what a shadow secretary is. I did not. Wikipedia gave me the answer, but I thought I would challenge the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) to which I subscribe handsomely.
First of all, you would be amazed at the number of uses of shadow the OED listed. I could spend a day analyzing them. Any nerd test should include them. Almost at the end of the list, up came “shadow minister.”
“Designating members of an opposition party nominated as counterparts of members of the government in power holding cabinet or other offices, or the offices held, as shadow cabinet, shadow minister, shadow ministry, etc.”
Don’t know if this was first used in 1906, but below in italics is the oldest quote the OED supplied.
1906 A. J. Balfour Let. in Ld. Newton Ld. Lansdowne (1929) 354 If we are to have, as you suggest, a Committee consisting of members selected from the Front Bench in both Houses,..what we should really have would be a shadow Cabinet once a week.
I first read about a shadow minister in “History Magazine.” It is a story about Tristan Hunt MP, the shadow education secretary. A most interesting article about education. I started another blog this week dedicated to the proposition that all living things on this earth are in a common place.
You can reach the blog at fictionfitz.com. On it will be more about this article. At least by the end of the day. “A Common Place”blog will address articles or books I have read that encouraged me to move towards a goal of acting as if we all are in a common place. In essence, it will be a “write out loud “blog with more focus.
For all our lack of responsibility to this earth, we could call it, the” shadow earth.” Not the same use of “shadow” as shadow ministry other than a darker use of duplication. I did not find shadow earth on the OED.
A shadow minister I think a good design, but I do not think that of my shadow earth. When and if my use of shadow earth gets worked out, I will send my thoughts on to the OED. Then again, it could be my shadow self is getting ahead of me.