Sunday, November 16, 2008

Dick Cavett's "The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla"

Among Dick Cavett's gems from today's NYTs are "the serial syntax-killer". Than again, there's "It’s admittedly a rare gift to produce a paragraph in which whole clumps of words could be removed without noticeably affecting the sense, if any." And indeed "What will ambitious politicos learn from this? That frayed syntax, bungled grammar and run-on sentences that ramble on long after thought has given out completely are a candidate’s valuable traits?" ranks high. And this Scot isn't all that bothered about "offending ... her hollering fans" given the mess we must clean up after Bu$hCo. A tip of the tam is surely due Mr. Cavett. John Gunn

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