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Putting on the Fresh Person Fifteen

NewJAl Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 12:52 PM
Gerrymandering is related to a curvy salamander, and the words Gerry or Jury as in Jury rigged. And when the Germans were hated, in WWI and WWII, calling someone a gerry was a put-down. A gerry-rigged building would be one that could be expected to fall down soon. Language is endlessly fascinating. It is the reason some kids think the Star Spangled Banner is inquiring as to whether Jose can see. Gayle will, no doubt, find many other entertaining ideas.

Author’s note: The use of an asterisk indicates that the college or university has revised its speech code thanks to the work of my friends at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. (See The best source of information about campus speech in general is: Greg Lukianoff. Unlearning Liberty. New York: Encounter Books, 2012. Click here to order a copy now.

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