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E Pluribus Unum: Relief for a Pedant

… If applied to everyone, “they” would complete the leveling-up progress of equal dignity that “you” started centuries ago. (Teresa M. Bejan, “What Quakers Can Teach Us About the Politics of Pronouns,” NYTimes, 11-16-19) 1. A person has to register … Continue reading

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Latin What?

… Elizabeth Warren… began conducting her outreach to Hispanic voters using the term “Latinx.” (Though she did take a little flack, after the first Democratic debate, for pronouncing it “Latin-X.”) (Ross Douthat, “Liberalism’s Latinx Problem,” NYTimes, 11-5-19) Ross Douthat comments … Continue reading

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Boot Edge Edge

… He acknowledged that his success may have irked those who have seen years of presidential campaign planning tossed aside by his rise. “I’m not going to comment,” he said, “on the emotions of my competitors.” (Reid J. Epstein and … Continue reading

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Precise, Forceful, Formal, Direct, Powerful

A letter to the NYTimes is signed by Roxana Robinson, former president of the Authors Guild, and 32 other writers. It exhorts The Times to “use precise and forceful language that reveals the struggle in which we now find ourselves.” … Continue reading

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Humbug Goes Virile

Rights groups also say that an increasingly bitter political climate surrounding Brexit has fueled the flames — as did recent remarks by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the treatment of female lawmakers… In a parliamentary debate in September, Mr. Johnson … Continue reading

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Get the ‘Lead’ Out

She has lead the way, but all the candidates need to come clean about their health care proposals. (Elisabeth Rosenthal, “Elizabeth Warren Throws Down the Gauntlet,” NYTimes, 11-4-19) The error in the NYTimes subheading is more exciting than usual. It … Continue reading

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A Descendant of Ralph the Wrecker

A mighty union that had lasted hundreds of years, running from the Orkneys to Cornwall, from Belfast to Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, would have been torn asunder…. (Nicholas Kristof, “Will Great Britain Become Little England?” NYTimes, 11-2-19) I would like to visit … Continue reading

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