Alexander Haig

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Feb 21 14:42:58 UTC 2010

At 2/21/2010 07:31 AM, Bill Palmer wrote:
>General Haig, well known for his various military and governmental
>accomplishments, may also be remembered by some for his unique
>approach to language.
>Keith Allan in "Linguistic meaning" parodies this with an example
>from The London Guardian from 3 Feb 1981 of a hypothetical piece
>that might have been written about him, using his style:
>  "...General Haig has contexted the Polish watchpot somewhat
> nuancely.  How though, if the situation decontrols, can he stoppage
> it, mountingly conflagrating? Haig, in congressional hearings
> before his confirmatory, paradoxed his audtioners by abnormalling
> his responds, so that verbs were nouns, nouns verbed, and
> adjectives adverbized. He techniqued a new way to vocabulary his
> thoughts so as to informationally uncertain anybody listening about
> what he had actually implicationed, etc, etc..."

Cool.  Can someone easily provide an actual quote?

P.S.  I notice also that -- at least over the radio -- people are now
calling what Haig did when he usurped governmental power upon Nixon's
abdication as a good thing.


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