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Vox Clamans In Terris

Vox Clamans In Terris

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Let's forget for a moment Justice Roberts' politics and focus on his attempts at eloquence.His use of the "eleemosynary" is only the second time that I recall that word's expression by a pubic official.

The first was by Sen.

Sam Ervin, a long-extinct breed of statesman, during the Watergate hearings, and used in reference to one of Nixon's bagmen.More revealing is his poor Latin grammar.

His use of "vox clamans in terris" is perhaps the result on grammar learned from "Hooked on Phonics." The actual expression is "vox clamantis in deserto," commonly translated as "a voice crying in the wilderness."Arrogance compounded by ignorance was, of course, a hallmark of the man who appointed Roberts to the sanctum sanctorum of our highest court.— rastarman

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/from-the-white-house-files-a-fight-over-michael-jackson/?hp
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