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ETYMOLOGISTS AND EXPLETIVES DELETED?

Today’s Language of Politics

By Harry M. Covert

I’m not quite certain but the use of vain and profane babblings has sure become prevalent on every venue these days. This has been brought on by the political vernacular in use on all levels. Now, no one even flinches.

Seems like the dominant figure on the national scene has made modern use of “hell”, not hades, proper and accepted. I could not get the full count since the other seekers like the h-word too. Okay, it’s for emphasis.

Nowhere are etymologists jumping up and down highlighting “expletives deleted.” As I’ve heard many times, “hellfire and damnation.”

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These modern times of openness and transparency and “speaking from the heart” have gained popularity. … Read More

A Lesson in the Virginia Way

Winning Campaigner Who Honored His Word

By Harry M. Covert

I have suggested on several occasions that candidates and their professional minions take oaths ”to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” And do so in public. This would certainly test the “honesty and veracity” of them all.

Naturally, I don’t include the political campaigners and current office holders of Alexandria, the city on the “Patowmack” River, a few miles from Mount Vernon where the boy George Washington said he could not tell a lie after chopping down a cherry tree. He didn’t get into the whiskey business until later in life and it’s a popular adjunct today to keeping the landmark financially stable.… Read More

Out of the Past, Mencken Still Up-to-Date

     The more I read, hear and see about today’s political and media society, the more I return to the writings of H. L. Mencken, the Sage of Baltimore.  
 
     He said, at various times:
 
     “As the arteries grow hard, the heart grows soft.”
 
     “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”
 
     “Democracy is only a dream:  it should be put in the same category as Santa Claus and Heaven.” 

     And, “Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.”

Everybody who loves politics, should take time to read the wit and wisdom of the great journalist of yonder years. 

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