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What does Gubernatorial mean?[edit]

The term "Gubernatorial" redirects here. Also, many words that I would expect to be written as "government" are written using an alternative spelling.

I've noticed this in other articles too. Is this some kind of vandalism?

The noun "governor" is associated with the adjective "gubernatorial", which comes from the Latin for governor, just as the noun "law" is associated with the adjective "legal", which comes from the Latin for law. Andrew Yong 12:09, 15 December 2005 (UTC)
"Gubernatorial" is also an American colloquialism that is not used in any other country. It would be wise to remove it from the Italian section.Storms991 (talk) 22:10, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

It's not colloquial, it's a political science term. E.g. "A Gubernatorial Election". (talk) 14:21, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Disambig Page Here?[edit]

I wound up here while looking for a mechanical governor I would have created a disambig page, but there are way too many links to here to edit manually. Is there an easier way to update all those pages? Spalding 13:12, Oct 16, 2004 (UTC)

It's probably preferable to add "see also Governor (device)" at the top instead of the bottom of the page. -- User:Docu
I agree, so I added it but the latest edit removed the one at the top. I hadn't seen the one at the bottom that was there all along, probably because it was at the bottom, where it doesn't belong according the the Wikipedia:disambiguation article. Spalding 01:08, Oct 25, 2004 (UTC)
Moved to top. Spalding 03:24, Apr 29, 2005 (UTC)

The word 'governor' rising from the Greek verb meaning 'steer' now makes sense of 'ruler' or 'device giving automatic control.' I hope my new edit to the Etymology section could help understand 'governor' whether mechanical or political or otherwise. --Ishiakkum 04:42, 13 July 2005 (UTC)

I'm trying to do a project and I'm having trouble understanding exactly what a governor does. Someone fill me in

So, uh...[edit]

Why do some British people casually refer to each other as "governor"? 7 July 2005 04:17 (UTC)

  • This probably does not refer to the high offices of state, but to more humble 'real life' superiors, such as governors in charge of a social or academic institution.

Edit to British section[edit]

I was bold and made substantial edits. This post will explain in more detail.

Reasons for edits:

  • Info on Gov-Gens, Govs, Lt-Govs cut, since this is about Governors, and not anyone else. While this could be added back in, someone needs to cite it.
  • Executive Councils etc. These were organs of the colonial administration and did not attach to the Governor's office.
  • Today crown colonies continue... redundant; its repeated below.
  • Different constitutional histories. IIRC (see the history) the sentence was repeated word for word. Cut.
  • Sri Lanka, Nigeria. Again, its clear from the context (different constitutional histories) that they have different systems.
  • Fluff on flags and residences. While its probably true, we don't go around saying "usually a country's great leaders are commemorated by statues and other works after they die" etc.
  • Final paragraph on minorities. I initially felt like keeping it, but then changed my mind and thought that it should go without a citation. Also it was devoted to Gov-Gens and not British Governors in general. 12:18, 13 July 2006 (UTC)


How many terms can a governor serve in the sate of Texas? Or any state in the U.S.? I suggest this information be available in the U.S. section of this article

What would a tree graph of United States government look like? Starting from police, local government to the president?