Our Only Hope (for H.M.)

Between 1966 and 2001, the median salary in the US increased by 11% after adjusting for inflation. In the 99.99th percentile (where the 13,000 highest paid US workers fall), annual income increased 617%. It’s gotten worse since then. Over the past 40 years, while the “debate” raged over democrat vs. republican and government activism vs. …

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Democratization of Language

Subtitle: Have you ever seen the phrase “piacular recompense” and the word “stuff” (the noun variety) in the same sentence? After Tuesday there will be no more President Bush press conferences. During these linguistic spectacles, the Harvard- and Yale-educated oil-tycoon scion sometimes dropped the “g’s” off his gerunds and uttered phrases such as “We’re gonna …

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