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“Chink” is not the only word that can get you in trouble

Having a good vocabulary can be career-threatening: On January 15, 1999, David Howard, a white aide to Anthony A. Williams, the black mayor of Washington, D.C., used “niggardly” in reference to a budget. This apparently upset one of his black … Continue reading ?
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Vocabulary Out Of Vogue

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan (last year)

Brad Leithauser ponders how “words become unusable for all sorts of reasons”: Though “niggard” and “niggardly” have a rich pedigree running through Chaucer and Shakespeare and Browning, they’ve recently fallen out of currency as the... Read Post

Yes Indeed: Venezuela Coup Attempts are Aided by Washington (La Jornada, Mexico)

Politics / US Politics : The Moderate Voice (1 minute ago)

Since Hugo Chavez was first elected president of Venezuela in 1999, the country’s leaders have charged the United States with overtly and covertly working to undermine its government, which Washington regards as hostile to its inter... Read Post

"Sex Trouble: Essays on Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature."

US Politics / Conservative : Althouse (3 hours ago)

It's Robert Stacy McCain's book about feminism. I'm resistant to his extreme form of aversion to feminism, but he's plowed (wrong word??) through a lot of books I can't be troubled with. Ah, there, I used his word: trouble. Why go l... Read Post


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