deliberate misspellings

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Mar 27 16:26:44 UTC 2001

>>  I was never quite sure what the k in this one was supposed to signify.
>>  German spelling of "America"?  One of the k's in KKK?
>I've actually seen "America" spelled "AmeriKKKa" back in "those days".  And
>I think the "German" spelling, at least during the Vietnam War protests, was
>supposed to signify that the US was a fascist state.

yes, it was universally understood to so signify--fascist if not
downright nazi.  that's the reason I don't think the Kafka reference
is relevant; he wasn't depicting the US as (what we would later come
to call) fascist.


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