Oct 29, 2008

Geoff Nunberg On Campaign's Use of the Word "Socialist"

From Fresh Air (National Public Radio)
October 29, 2008

'Socialist' Charge Draws On Old Fears
By Geoff Nunberg

The McCain campaign's charge that Barack Obama has socialist leanings has put the spotlight on a word relatively uncommon to modern American elections. Linguist Geoff Nunberg explains how the "S" word was used in the past — and why it's come up now.

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