Good read by Ann Coulter. Here’s a section.
The media’s excitement over Hillary successfully “baiting” Trump is revealing — of the media, of what this election is really about, and of what Trump needs to do now.
The definition of Trump “taking the bait” was getting him to talk about himself, not about issues. This from a media that claim to be aching for “policy specifics.”
Hillary — with assists from the moderator — “baited” Trump on how rich he is, the loan from his father, a lawsuit in 1972, the birther claims, who he said what to about the Iraq War from 2001 to 2003, and so on.
For the media, their gal was winning whenever precious minutes of a 90-minute debate were spent rehashing allegations about Trump. Ha ha! We prevented Trump from talking about issues that matter to the American people! That was scored as a “win.”
Nothing illustrates more clearly that this election is about the people versus the elites than the fact that the media run from Trump’s issues like Dracula from the sun.
Trump wins whenever he talks about issues; he loses whenever he talks about himself. (How to avoid immigration, terrorism and health care for 90 minutes)
Some good info in this piece: Why Linguists are Fascinated by the American Jewish Accent.
The title is overblown, but that is common in journalism these days.
All accents are interesting once you pay attention. I am fairly good at telling the region of the US someone grew up in by their accent. When wrong, I often find that one or both of their parents grew up in the region I identified.
Many regional accents are suppressed at home, often by parents who are better educated or who have moved from elsewhere. And this leads to further degrading the regional norm. You can find a lot of this in New England, which has several very beautiful regional accents. Rural Mainers speak in ways that sometimes remind me of a Texas drawl.
One paragraph in the linked article got me:
Another element that isn’t dying is the particular conversational style of Jews. When linguist Deborah Tannen taped dinner conversations between Jews and non-Jews (her work was published in 1981), she found that arguing and interrupting (or “cooperative overlapping”) occurred at higher rates among Jews. Pauses were also different: Jews tended to use both shorter pauses and fewer pauses between clauses and sentences. Like intonation, this isn’t really “accent,” in a strict linguistic sense, but as a broad answer to “how do Jews speak differently from non-Jews,” it’s a significant element.
I grew up in a community with many Jews and learned a lot of speech habits from them. “Cooperative overlapping” was one of them. To this day it is very hard for me not to do this. When you have this style ingrained in you it feels very warm and friendly, though many other American English speakers find it disrespectful, even rude.
When I speak with people who don’t do “cooperative overlapping,” conversations can seem slow-paced, even boring.
More information can be exchanged with “cooperative overlapping” as well as more quick shifting of topic and nuance. Also, more options for situational humor.
If there is one thing other regions could beneficially learn from Jewish speech habits, this is the one I would choose. It’s not hard to do and it adds several dimensions to speaking and listening.
It’s long past anything a reasonable person can deny just based on the materials we have in public. God knows what else there is.
The whole top of the Obama administration is corrupt. In case you missed them, here are a few stories.
If anyone thinks I enjoy this, they are wrong. I hate seeing our nation abused like this.
The main symbol for me will always be the the US Attorney General meeting Bill Clinton in secret in an airplane a few days before Hillary is given a pass by the FBI.
The other symbol is Chelsea Manning getting two weeks of solitary confinement for trying to kill herself. Can it go any lower than this? I hate to say it, but yes it can, does, and has.