Will someone please put Sarah Palin out of her agony? Is it too much to ask that she come to realize that she wants, in that wonderful phrase in American politics, "to spend more time with her family"? Having stayed in purdah for weeks, she finally agreed to a third interview. CBS's Katie Couric questioned her in her trademark sympathetic style. It didn't help.A lot of us are curious about how and when the Mainstream Media use language beyond the most basic and familiar material, including vocabulary. Often that means learned or technical words. But today, it's often more interesting to watch new internationalisms coming in, like purdah. I don't know what percentage of Newsweek readers will know the term offhand, but if they don't, I really hope they turn to a dictionary or ask somebody — if he had used a word like 'isolation' the passage would feel entirely different to me.
Man, for somebody who really doesn't care much about vocabulary, I sure do end up blogging about it a lot.