Sunday, October 12, 2008

Apostrophically yours


This is how a Villefranche gift shop promotes its products to departing cruise passengers. It may infuriate Lynne Truss, but I bet they sell more gifts and T-shirts than copies of "Eats, Shoots and Leaves". (It's next door to Michel's.)
American politicians have known ever since Truman’s "If you can't stand the heat..." that voters prefer their politicians folksy and illiterate - hence Sarah's "Doggone it" and George W.’s "Rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?".
As Alistair Cooke once observed - and Maureen Dowd quoted in the NYT (punctuation corrected) - “Americans seem to be more comfortable with Republican presidents because they share the common frailty of muddled syntax and because, when they attempt eloquence, they tend to spout a kind of Frontier Baroque”. Sarah just shoots.

2 comments:

Ed R said...

Does no one remember the finet speeh-writer of American Presidency? Abraham Lincoln, you know, was a Republican.

ted said...

Right Ed, and TJ - no, not me, I mean Jefferson - that was before career speechwriters - when they wrote their own stuff.