Presidential candidates and their problem with language

Perhaps it was hasty to suggest Donald Trump brought presidential politics to new lows. Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum also have a way with words that we haven’t seen since George W. Bush.

Malapropisms are the misuse of words with unintentional hilarity & Bush was a master at that, His father was a completely inarticulate boob, so wretched with language the NY Times should have stopped publishing presidential press conferences word-for word. Their problem wasn’t just malaprops but a complete lack of cognitive function in another case of privilege makes you stupid. The dysfunction was so severe a new word was invented to accommodate it: Bushism, which appears in the dictionary as GWB’s “unconventional use of language.”

The current GOP candidates aren’t flattering GHWB or GWB by comparison but are forging new cognitive & linguistic inroads into dysfunction with the notable inclusion of Huckabee’s sexual preoccupations.

They’re a deplorable lot & whilst we have to endure them we ought at least be able to have a little fun at their expense.

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