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Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 4 19:53:29 UTC 2015


Sorry, I missed that JL had already posted the CNN transcript.


On Sun, Jan 4, 2015 at 2:46 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 10:46 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>
>> Historian Douglas Brinkley on CNN:
>>
>> "It's amazing how much Lincoln could say in so few of a words."
>>
>> Let's see if this is corrected in the transcript.
>
> CNN's utterly unreliable transcript reads:
>
> http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1501/02/cnr.03.html
> "...he [Mario Cuomo] worked on books on Abraham Lincoln and was amazed
> that Lincoln could say so much in the Gettysburg address or
> emancipation proclamation and so few words."
>
> I found the clip in the TV News Archive on archive.org (a terrific resource):
>
> https://archive.org/details/CNNW_20150102_150000_CNN_Newsroom_With_Carol_Costello#start/1180/end/1200
>
> Here's how I would transcribe it:
>
> "He worked on books on Abraham Lincoln and was always very amazed that
> Lincoln could say so much, in the Gettysburg Address or Emancipation
> Proclamation, in so few of words."
>
> Definitely hearing it as "so few of words," not "so few of a words."

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