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Sunday: February 17, 2008

Choice of Synonyms

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Ann Althouse writes of Sen. Charles Schumer:

He would not commit to any principle other than avoiding an “internecine” battle. Clearly, he came to Tim Russert’s table ready to use the word “internecine” to fend off efforts to get him to debate what the right rule is about the superdelegates and the Florida and Michigan delegates. I’m suspicious of people who suddenly start using and reusing a word that people don’t normally say. Schumer didn’t even know how to pronounce it.

Too bad he didn’t use the word ‘intestine’ instead — the rare adjective, I mean, not the common noun. It would have reminded us all of what he’s full of.

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