Tories then and now

Mark Liberman has a post over at Language Log on the general subject of Obama’s reference to Washington in his inaugural address. It’s a little too long to quote in full, so follow the link and read it for yourself.

Obama-WashingtonTories then and now
But it’s worth remembering that the Washington of 1776 was the general of a revolutionary army, and the words that he ordered to be read to his men were written by Tom Paine, a radical agitator.

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