Language pales with Sarah Palin

For today’s expose of mangled language, who could do better than this take by the Financial Times on Sarah Palin’s muddled verbosity and scrambled thought-particles – kinda like Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, you can never be sure exactly where she is, or where those elusive brain cells and ganglia are – take a look, at via Sarah Palin’s rhetoric soup is tasty fare for US conservatives – FT.com.

This is the struggle now?

I am sure that Brian Kamanzi – a Cape Town-based Masters student in Electrical Engineering, evidently – is a perfectly nice chap, and means well in wanting to add his voice to the current debate about student fees in South Africa and free higher education. His view or hope or belief or whatever is that, in his words, ‘the undercurrent of the current uprisings call for radical structural adjustment in South Africa towards something that resembles a socialist future.’ Ok, never mind that ‘structural adjustment’ is a term borrowed from the World Bank and IMF, I guess I sort of get this – it sort of resembles some kind of aspiration or possibly a manifesto – but then, as if to drive home the point, we get this masterpiece of clarity and precision. Uh, what was that again? I guess the masses got the message? A luta continua! Questions arising out of the media-captured and physically performed iconography of partisan

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