Not Saussure

March 18, 2007

But is Steven Colbert white?

Filed under: Linguistics, usa — notsaussure @ 4:52 pm

Via Tim Worstall and FreeBorn John, Obama isn’t black. He’s African-African American (or perhaps African2 American?). Anyway, Debra Dickerson explains, with remarkable good humour.

No reason we should be confused, I suppose. After all, when Americans talk about ‘football’ or ‘beer’ they don’t mean the same thing by the term as does anyone else, and I once caused some hilarity by explaining to some American students that I needed to borrow a rubber to correct a mistake…

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