What Presidents Say

I’ve barely finished breakfast and I’ve been treated to an in-depth look at language for Inauguration weekend.

Paul Dickson, author of Words from the White House, fuels up your vocabulary for much longer than the Inauguration in a delightful interview at Weekend Edition. Did you know Thomas Jefferson gave the language ottoman? Do you recognize Harry Truman’s snallygaster? And there’s a shocking revelation about W’s embetter.

At the New York Times, Ronald White contributes an essay about second inaugural speeches.

And at On Being,  Krista Tippett rebroadcast an interesting conversation with Elizabeth Alexander, the poet of President Obama’s first inauguration. The phrase words that shimmer is still ringing in my ears.

That ought to get you off to a speechworthy week.

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