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The Gap between Obama’s Language and his Politics

George Orwell argues, in his essay “Politics and the English Language,” that bad politics and unclear thoughts lead to bad language. And he continues with the converse so that the cycle becomes interminable: But an effect can become a cause, … Continue reading

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Ways to Describe Things

When it’s really foggy outside Czechs say, “venku je uplný mlíko.” A literal translation is, “outside is full of milk.” A better translation might be, “it’s really milky outside.” Either way, I like the Czech phrase. It’s as if the … Continue reading

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Language, Politics and the European Union

The European Union has a language problem. It doesn’t have a foreign minister, it has a “High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.” The position of foreign minister would have been created had the constitutional treaty … Continue reading

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