[Ads-l] "I have the best words"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Oct 12 10:00:11 EDT 2016


I find "I know words. I have the best words." to be oddly beautiful.  It also has a Hemingwayesque quality.


Fred Shapiro



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Narcissism has never been so memorably pithy. I make it a terrific QOTY candidate.

Geoff

> Date:    Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:35:33 +0000
> From:    Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET <mailto:berson at att.net>>
> Subject: "I have the best words"
>
> "I know words, I have the best words."  Donald Trump.
>
> From an article by Lisa Belkin, Chief National Correspondent [for, I assume, Yahoo/News],October 10, 2016, titled "Not 'just words': Why Donald Trump's lewd talk matters":
>
> "For your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned" reads Matthew 12:36-38.
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> "Words are loaded pistols," wrote Jean-Paul Sartre.
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> "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind," Rudyard Kipling said.
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> And, of course, Donald Trump: "I know words, I have the best words."
>
> Not 'just words': Why Donald Trump's lewd talk matters
>
> Joel


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