Reminds me of . . .

September 9, 2008

Stay calm, partisans. I’m linking to this New York Times article on Barack Obama not for any political reason but just because of an interesting word use:

FLINT, Mich. – There is something reminiscent about the argument Senator Barack Obama is increasingly making to audiences these days as he works to persuade voters that he is the reliable candidate of change in the presidential race.

99.99 percent of the time, reminiscent is used as part of the phrase “reminiscient of,” as in “to some music historians, hip-hop is reminiscent of the talking blues” or “Jim Carey’s movie performances are reminiscent of Jerry Lewis.” But the word doesn’t have to be used that way, since it means “awakening memories of something similar; suggestive.” Used in the way the Times did, the word intrigues us and makes us want to read on for a paragaraph or two to find out the “of” part.


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