"dog whistles"

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 5 06:40:38 UTC 2014

I once took charge of rewriting a dorm blurb for the MIT Residence
Handbook. I used "obliquitous" (followed by "student politicians"). A day
after it was approved for publication, the dean pulled me aside in the
hallway and asked me what it meant. So, yeah, it could be a challenge for
public radio.


On Apr 5, 2014 1:27 AM, "Geoffrey Nunberg" <nunberg at ischool.berkeley.edu>
> ... "Obliquity" conveys one part of this, and "conivinutation" nicely
conveys the other, though neither is a word they would let you use on
public radio.
> Geoff

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