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House of Representatives

When and why did people who are elected to the House of Representative become congressmen and not representatives? Senators are also members of congress and they are not referred to as congressmen. I think sometime someone was felling full of themselves and wanted to sound more important than representative, therefore congressman. It is one of my pet peeves.

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gough whitlam
Senior Contributor

Re: House of Representatives

Absolutely riveting stuff.
Senior Contributor

Re: House of Representatives

My best guess.
Con is the opposite of Pro.

Therefore, the opposite of progress, could be called Congress, and the House does its share of that.