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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 11, 2007 / 23 Iyar, 5767

When Hillary speaks, a lady emerges

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nobody abuses the Queen's English like the average American, who usually speaks in sentence fragments, happily mangles syntax and is cheerfully oblivious to the rules of grammar. And he can't speel so good, either.


Slovenly speech shouldn't hurt someone who only wants to get elected president of the United States. But two students of the way presidential candidates speak, Camelia Suleiman of Florida International University and Daniel C. O'Connell of Georgetown University, beg to differ, or at least instruct. The news for Hillary Clinton is not good.


The professors discovered that sex — or what the squeamish insist on calling "gender" — separates the speech of the rowdy and infamous. When they examined several hours of radio and television interviews of Bill and Hillary, they discovered that Bill inevitably "talks like a man" and Hillary is careful, perhaps subconsciously, to sound "ladylike." These findings are reported in the latest issue of the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. Even the interviewers of the power couple, no matter how hard they tri


ed to be properly and politically correct, treated the Clintons differently. "Even though Hillary Clinton is a politician herself," the researchers found, "she still follows to some extent the historic designation of women's language as the language of the non-powerful."


For example, Hillary is nearly three times more likely to sprinkle her conversation with the linguistic cringe "you know" than Bill is, lapsing into the schoolgirl hedge that diminishes the power of language. Women, the professors say, are more likely to "hedge" than men.


Hillary employs the word "so" as a means of "intensifying" what she is trying to say. The use of intensifiers, say the researchers, is more common to women than men and this is what makes "female language" powerless.


Anticipating a volley of feminist complaints, the professors concede they may not know what they're talking about. "We are comparing only two individuals ... but Bill and Hillary's language does reflect the historic power relations between men and women." The researchers studied tapes of interviews conducted over the past four years. "This is Hillary Clinton's personal style, as compared to Bill Clinton's," Prof. Suleiman tells the Web site LiveScience.


It's not fair to single out Hillary as a unique abuser of the language. She's probably better at civilizing her tongue than most. We're just not as respectful of the language as our English cousins, probably because it's their language. Nobody is as careful with his neighbor's wheelbarrow or garden rake as he is with his own.


Maggie Thatcher needed neither hedge nor intensifier to make a point, as any fan of Question Time, when the prime minister is routinely put on the griddle by Members of Parliament, could tell you. These sessions are regularly broadcast by C-SPAN, and you don't have to be conversant with the ins and outs of British politics to marvel at how language can be used as grenade or scimitar, balm or stringent.


Hillary, moreover, addresses interviewers by their first instead of last names as if she were auditioning for a job as a telephone solicitor for the policeman's ball. The researchers speculate that she might have been trying to establish chumminess, or even sympathy with faux camaraderie, taking questions about Bill's rutting, her hair, her clothes, her daughter, her growing up as a New York Yankee fan in Illinois, her faking a down-home Arkansas accent in the black churches of Harlem. Bill rarely does that, perhaps because so far no interviewer has extended the noxious habit of first-naming people he doesn't really know to a former president.


The researchers even measured whether the nation's most famous power couple pronounces all their syllables, as an educated Englishman would. The former president speaks 82 percent of his syllables, Hillary 77 percent of hers, including hedges and intensifiers.


Women in politics, the researchers say, while infusing their speech with a feminine style, can transform linguistic liabilities into a powerful language of their own. "In other words, we define social relations through language, the way we speak." Any husband trying to slip into bedroom unseen after a night on the town could tell you that much. You could ask Bill Clinton.

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