Episode 33: The Language of the Election Season

This week we talk with Paul Brians about the language of elections, including politicians’ propensity to use “we” when they really mean “I.” Paul also explains how Bernie Sanders, a socialist, has taken advantage of the way conservatives in the U.S. have used language for the past several years. Other topics include a couple of misused terms from Common Errors in English Usage and the way the media cover political campaigns.

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UPDATE: Someone has asked Trump about Puerto Rico after all
“I Like Ike” TV ad from 1952
Paul Brians’ page on socialism, communism, and capitalism
Paul Brians’ introduction to 19th-century socialism

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