Saturday, October 22, 2005

You didn't hear it here first

Here Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling says of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers: "I don't think I have ever heard her say a cuss word in the entire time I have known her."

For some reason, this comment causes me to recollect the character Nate Caudill's observation in Harry Turtledove's The Guns of the South that "sometimes nothing felt better than a ripe, round oath." I'm not sure that I understand precisely what is a "ripe, round oath" but I have observed that something of the kind appears to have a therapeutic effect for some people.

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