Mighty Red Pen

September 8, 2008

Comeuppitance

Here’s one that caught my eye for a pair of reasons: weird syntax and offensive language. It involves Georgia Republican Lynn Westmoreland and his use of the word “uppity” in reference to Barack and Michelle Obama. According to TheHill.com:

Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.

“Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmoreland said.

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”

In the time it’s taken me to get something up here, Fritinancy has done an excellent and thorough job rounding up the what’s what around the word “uppity,” a word which is, as TheHill.com describes it, “racially-tinged.”

Over at You Don’t Say, John McIntyre makes a valiant effort at parsing the syntax of the “they’re a member” part of the sentence.

In the meantime, the Dems got off a zinger:

The Obama campaign, asked about the quote, did not note any racial context.

“Sounds like Rep. Westmoreland should be careful throwing stones from his candidate’s eight glass houses,” said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor.

1 Comment »

  1. Offensive language, yes — both racist and sexist.

    “uppity man” – 393 Google hits.
    “uppity woman” – 39,900 hits.
    “uppity Negro” – 71,700 hits.

    And for my people …
    “uppity Kansan” – 1 hit (not me).

    Comment by helen's dad — September 17, 2008 @ 6:02 pm | Reply


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