Monday, July 25, 2011

Debt Ceiling And Default Silver Lining: Language Use

The Economist gives readers some alliteration:
It is because the vast majority of Republicans, driven on by the wilder-eyed members of their party and the cacophony of conservative media, are clinging to the position that not a single cent of deficit reduction must come from a higher tax take.
Note the repeated hard C in cacophony, conservative, and clinging.  Not also that the author repeats the T sound at the end of cent, deficit, and must and the beginning of tax and take.

Steve Benen points to this @jamescrabtree tweet 
Frm a friend in Asia: "I can summarise the mood of Asian central bankers to the US debt imbroglio in two words: Resigned incredulity."
Appropriately, "resigned incredulity" also applies to parents watching the more bizarre actions of their teenage children or sports fans hearing a report that Bret Farve may come back from one more season.

Of course disaster has always brought out some authors' poetic sides.  Consider this famous passage which, with its description of economic turmoil, seems appropriate.
1And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
 2And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
 3And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
 4And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
 5And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
 6And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
 7And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
 8And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

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