more political language

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 10 21:51:43 UTC 2008

If you missed The Daily Show last night, there was an interesting
debate between Jon Stewart and Mike Huckabee on the moral and legal
aspects of same-sex marriage. The latter evidently holds semantic
change as anathema on the level of abortion rights: see

and especially the arguments starting around halfway through on why
redefinition is intolerable.  I'm sure Gov. Huckabee will be proud to
assert that he is an eminently silly man (on the original definition,
= 'holy, blessed'; cf. Ger. _selig_), although some might also see
him as being nice (= 'stupid'; cf. Lat. _nescius_).


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