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The flubby oath explained

Today’s inaugural oath got bumpy, and I was among many who dropped the ball got confused about whether it was Roberts or Obama who originally dropped the ball. Benjamin Zimmer explains:

Chief Justice John Roberts’ administration of the presidential oath to Barack Obama was far from smooth. … the error that emerged from their momentary disfluency came down to a problem of adverbial placement.

Get the rest at the Language Log.

Hat tip to Carl.


  1. #1 george.w
    January 20, 2009

    “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

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