Understanding ‘Trumpspeak’

John McWhorter, an expert on language and its uses, writes in today’s New York Times: “Linguistically, I listen to the man who is now president as if he were roughly 12 years old. That way, he is always perfectly understandable.”

“It wasn’t going to be long before someone came along as unembarrassed to orate while inarticulate as Ms. Palin, while also getting higher in office than her. With President Trump, the saloon-style speech is baked in. His career has never given him a reason to even pretend to speak rather than talk; he reportedly doesn’t read, and he lacks introspection — none of this bodes well for carefully considered self-expression.”

Excellent article. Read it here.

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