Category Archives: Language issues

How to say Trump is like Hitler without really saying it. Really?

From a Princeton-Cambridge-Harvard lady of impeccable credentials, in WaPo op-ed run today by Chi Trib:

Like any number of us raised in the late 20th century, I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany.

Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I now understand.

Leave aside whether a direct comparison of Trump to Hitler is accurate. That is not my point.

My point rather is about how a demagogic opportunist can exploit a divided country.

Her point rather. There it is, a careful dodge Princeton-Cambridge-Harvard style. Bravo!

Source: Moment of truth: We must stop Trump – Chicago Tribune

Later: In that first ‘graph, she pulls a modified Apophasis, a.k.a praeteritio, saying you won’t mention or discuss something but going ahead and doing that.. 

She’s a classicist, per her resume, so she know what she’s doing. No direct comparison with Hitler, then telling us how Trump’s popularity is like Hitler’s.

Which is bad enough, but then she launches an overwrought, overwritten, overemotional call to action with the message: Get behind Rubio. This is nothing but a letter to the editor, badly in need of cutting.

O tempora, O mores, this lady apparently knows so much (top academic honors and all that) without knowing what the hell to do with it.

Dirge for deaths of Latin, God, and mystery

Before I do one more thing in this late-starting Tuesday morning, a word from Mr. Hickey of Leo Catholic HS:

In my lifetime, I witnessed the euthanizing of Latin and the Death of God by academics and churchmen.  Latin was deemed irrelevant, the vernacular ascended to Parnassus and the Vatican dome.  That is too bad.  The mystery of learning has gone the way of sacred liturgy -no mystery and no beauty.  Education means punching one’s ticket for entry to something else.

Such a mournful mouthfull. Congratulations, Hickey.

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