Wednesday, March 31, 2010

One Asian under guard, invisible

Geoff Nunberg wows me every time with his "Fresh Air" language commentaries -- they go down so smoothly on the air, yet they're complex and meaty essays, well worth a second listen (or read). In the latest one, Geoff not only explains the difference between the "under God" in the Gettsyburg Address and the "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, but introduces the lovely term hapax legomenon to the public radio audience. Read it or hear it here.

2 comments:

tudza said...

Well, I see at least one person is old enough to remember the Red Skelton exegesis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZBTyTWOZCM

In your opinion, does this lift the pledge out of jabberwocky?

ros said...

The dinosaurs (as always) got there first: http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1434