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And the Beat Goes On April 12, 2007

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.
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One might expect that the Speaker of the House would have certain skills.

Like speaking.

Which involves careful selection of the proper words to express the precise thought.

One might be disappointed. 

In commenting on the words used by Imus about the black women on the Rutgers basketball team, which have offended not only black people but People of Other Colors as well, Nancy Pelosi chose the following words: ” As we commemorate the 35th anniversary of Title IX this year, we should celebrate the achievements and contributions of our young women athletes, not denigrate them with reprehensible comments.”

(Emphasis added.) 

Here is the history – the etymology – of the bold verb: 

denigrate Look up denigrate at Dictionary.com
1526, from L. denigratus, pp. of denigrare “to blacken, defame,” from de- “completely” + nigr-, stem of niger “black,” of unknown origin. “Apparently disused in 18th c. and revived in 19th c.” [OED].

 

Perhaps not the best choice, I think.

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1. kenju - April 12, 2007

I doubt she knew the derivation of the word, Greg. I sure didn’t and I majored in English.

2. gregquill - April 15, 2007

We are not paid to understand the words the Speaker of the House may speak.

She has staffers to do that; and a dictionary of her own. And she is paid to use it.

But, she apparently does not value the words, or those who have to listen to them.


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