1. "My choice of words was not the best," Rush Limbaugh said in his apology. That’s the standard formula for these things — you apologize not for what you said but for the way you said it. Though in this case, there didn’t seem to be a lot of distance between thought and word. What was the point of saying Sandra Fluke was asking to be paid for sex and then adding "What does that make her?" if not to get to that potent monosyllable "slut"?

    — Linguist Geoff Nunberg observes that our reaction to the word ‘slut’ says quite a lot about the society we live in.

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    geoff nunberg

  1. Pro Tip

    If you’re running a commentary from linguist Geoff Nunberg about the history and subtle nuances of the word ‘slut’ on your public radio show today, and you decide to search Tumblr for the word ‘slut’ to see if there are any pictures you can reblog with the article, DON’T DO IT ON A WORK COMPUTER EVER DO IT OMG MY EYES.

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    geoff nunberg