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The most powerful man in the world is flummoxed by basic grammar. Practically every week, there's a minor hullabaloo over President Trump's shaky grasp of the English language, from his head-scratching grammatical tics to his painfully obvious misspellings. The errors have become so much of a trademark that his staffers reportedly make them on purpose to imitate his style. Why all the misspellings? Some seem to be made in genuine error, with Trump's Twitter account deleting and reissuing tweets within a span of several minutes. Others linger long past a reasonable correction window, like neon signs proudly declaring the president's anti-elitist adherence [...]
Mon, Dec 10, 2018
Source: Language
In Paris to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I this past Saturday, President Trump was, by his standards, in a pensive mood. "Is there anything better to celebrate," he tweeted, "than the end of a war, in particular that one, which was one of the bloodiest and worst of all time?" I read the post and thought little of it, aside from noting its relative propriety. From an account that dabbles in "horseface" and "Rocket Man," enthusiasm for peace, even awkwardly phrased, is a welcome change. But my response was apparently not universal. The benign tweet [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: Language
America boasts more Christians than any other country on planet Earth. But you wouldn't know it from listening to us. According to Google Ngram Viewer data, a searchable database of millions of printed works stretching back 500 years, most of the central terms in the Christian vocabulary are rapidly declining. One 2012 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology, for example, analyzed 50 moral terms associated with Christianity and found that a whopping 74 percent were used less frequently over the course of the last century: "Grace" ... declined "Mercy" ... declined "Wisdom" ... declined "Faith" ... declined "Sacrifice" ... declined "Honesty" ... declined "Righteousness" ... declined "Evil" ... [...]
Mon, Sep 10, 2018
Source: Language