“’When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less’.” That was Lewis Carroll writing in the 19th Century when words meant something. Now words mean less rather than more, especially when spoken by politicians. It is a … Continue reading Listen to the Wordsmiths: When words are hogwash
You’d think a US Republican presidential candidate would be aware of one of the tenets of good speech-making: Know your audience. Mitt Romney’s audience in Houston was the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), one of America’s oldest and most respected civil rights organisations, established in 1910 to … Continue reading Mitt Romney: Who am I talking to?