(g hard). So to divide a county or nation into
representative districts as to give one special political party undue
advantage over others. The word is derived from Elbridge Gerry, who
adopted the scheme in Massachusetts when he was governor. Gilbert
Stuart, the artist, looking at the map of the new distribution, with a
little invention converted it into a salamander. “No, no!” said
Russell, when shown it, “not a Sala-mander, Stuart; call it a
is so to hocuspocus figures, etc., as to affect the balance.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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