Simple Words and Short Sentences? Nah!!

July 5, 2015 With John McWhorter

Here’s a famous linguist who disagrees with contemporary advocates of the simple, minimalist style whether in writing or in oratory. To the contrary, John McWhorter tells us, in this spirited conversation from 2003, that he favors and misses the “elevated speech” that once marked the public utterances of great political figures and/or great writers. The conversation abounds with examples of memorable quotations and a very good time was had by both guest and host.