Posts Tagged: Scalia

He Never Sleeps, The Judge

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In the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, many online commenters have critically examined his record of pro-choice and anti-LGBTQ positions in pivotal Supreme Court cases. Others have examined his penchant for colorful, literary language in court opinions: jiggery-pokery, argle-bargle, etc. At The New York Times, the author of a 2003 close-reading of Scalia’s prose […]

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On “Proper” English and Objective Legislation

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It’s no secret that English is a constantly shifting, malleable, many-headed beast of a language, yet, much of the time, writers and speakers insist emphatically on obeying its many ostensibly rigid rules. At The New York Times, linguist John McWhorter writes about the myth of “proper” English: “We are taught that a proper language makes perfect […]

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