Alexander Haig

Bill Palmer w_a_palmer at BELLSOUTH.NET
Sun Feb 21 15:00:09 UTC 2010

A sidebar on yesterday's Seattle Times coverage online, credits Gen. Haig

"There are nuance-al differences between Henry Kissinger and me (not "I",
BTW) on that"

"I'll have to caveat my response on that, Senator"

"careful caution"


"saddle myself with a statistical fence"

If I can overcome my aversion to typing (only have a PDF of it), I'll submit
the rest of the Guardian piece.  It's too well done not to pass around.

Bill Palmer

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From: "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
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Subject: Re: Alexander Haig

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> 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.
> Joel
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