Saturday, February 25, 2012

more droppin of the g's

Mr. Verb has commented on so-called "g-dropping" by politicians a fair bit, e.g. here and here.  Just caught another reference (from the Isthmus) to our favorite down-home social marker, one which is striking for all the assumptions communicated in just one teensy little sentence:
Thompson was a hard worker and, perhaps because of his unpolished style of speech - dropping his g's and other lapses - people underestimated his intelligence.
The author speaks of course of none other than our former Governor-for-life, Tommy Thompson, now making a run for the Senate (-for-life?).  I think Tommy comes by his "lapses" honestly, though - he was doin' it back before it became trendy durin' the 2008 elections.  Just a hometown boy from Elroy, Wisconsin, doin' what comes nacheral.  It'll be interesting to see if the media picks up on this theme as his campaign gets into high gear.

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