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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

'These are now part of the oral tradition of the year 2016'

Anna North in the Taking Note blog at The New York Times,
"Mr. Trump’s nicknames are very consistent — these days, he rarely tweets Hillary Clinton’s name without 'crooked' in front of it. In this, they recall a rhetorical device from an earlier era: the Homeric epithet.

"Every character in the 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey' has an epithet, or a 'a distinctive adjective that sums up that character, explained Bruce Louden, a professor of languages and linguistics at the University of Texas at El Paso who specializes in Homer’s epics."

(via James Taranto)

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