| When you want to say ‘often,’ no, it is not ‘t’ time
The “t” is silent in the word “often.” You know that, right? You don’t say “lis-ten” do you? I have many angry questions and a few answers in yet another language-related column.
| The one in which I debated a law professor about flag burning
In July, 1998, I engaged in an e-mail debate with Stephen B Presser, the Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History at Northwestern University School of Law, over the proposed Constitutional amendment to ban “desecration “of the American flag. Presser and I had expressed opposing views on this topic in print–I had, in fact, quoted him invidiously in my column against thge amendment–and our disagreement spilled over into the e-mail exchange reproduced here. I really like this, which is why I’m exhuming it for your reading pleasure.