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Basic Literacy and the Resistance

2018-09-06⊺09:43:21-05:00

“Nation Stunned That There Is Someone in the White House Capable of Writing an Editorial”
Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, September 5, 2018
https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/nation-stunned-that-there-is-someone-in-white-house-capable-of-writing-an-editorial

Millions of Americans were startled by the revelation on Wednesday afternoon that there was someone working in the White House capable of writing an entire editorial, reports indicate. …

Davis Logsdon, a professor of linguistics at the University of Minnesota, said that a team of language experts under his supervision has studied the Op-Ed word by word and is “in a state of disbelief” that someone currently working for Donald J. Trump could have written it.

“There are complete sentences, there are well-structured paragraphs, there is subject-verb agreement,” he said. “This does not appear to be the work of any White House staffer we're familiar with.”

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