Words don't lie, part III: Campaign rhetoric gives way to campaign linguistics

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Oct 9 15:38:06 UTC 2008

At 10/9/2008 11:14 AM, Dennis Baron wrote:
>True enough, but
>Slate's grammarian goes on to equate undiagrammable sentences like
>Palin's with sloppy, irrational thinking ­ expressing the kind of
>attitude about linguistic correctness that all of us have heard at
>least once in our lives, often from an irrational grammarian
>criticizing an essay we handed in for homework.

I was taught that if you can't write it clearly,
then you haven't thought it clearly.  But
apparently I was subversively mis-instructed.


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