Monthly Archives: September 2016

How to Talk Like Trump

Last March, Yahoo News provided a noteworthy examination of “Donald Trump’s speech patterns.”

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In writing about Trump’s unique speaking style, Andrew Romano noted, “It’s not just his pungent Queens accent; it’s not just his short, simple, fourth-grade-level sentences. It’s the novel syntax. The free-form grammar. The repetitive cadence. The eccentric phrasing.”

Romano discovered that Trump’s peculiar “patois” is probably deliberate and “has developed into a remarkably effective delivery mechanism for his message.” He cites five “linguistic quirks” that stand out.

Trump’s first stand-out speaking trait is “digression” – his inability be laser-focused on any given thought at any given time. His constant meandering includes revisions, amendments, and contradictions. As Romano notes, “Even his parentheticals have parentheticals.”

Endless repetition is another Trumpian hallmark. Romano writes: “He repeats phrases one after the other, often in the same sentence – not as deliberate parallelism but as a compulsive placeholder.”

A third attribute, intensifiers, builds upon an entire spectrum of hyperbole and superlatives to which he adds intensive modifiers. “Trump’s addiction to hyperbole goes deeper than superlatives,” writes Romano, adding, “it also permeates the little words he uses to modify his adjectives and adverbs.”

Informality is yet another distinctive trait. Romano writes, “It’s not just his public use of the S word, the F wordthe A word and the P word.” “Trump’s informality extends beyond vulgarity and disrespect.”

Finally, Trump tends to end his thoughts with punchlines. As Romano observes, “Trump speaks more like a comedian, making sure to go out with a bang. In fact, he often rearranges the beginning of his sentences awkwardly so he can end strong.”

In the end, Trump is a salesman and his product is himself. He uses these speaking traits to connect with his marks and sell himself, an endeavor in which he has triumphed.

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9/11 Fifteen Years Ago

[Timeline courtesy of the Miami Herald.]

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[For my own personal reflections see “Reflections on 9/11” at http://t.co/86kIRapYtf.]

FOUR AIRLINERS HIJACKED

7:59 a.m. American Airlines Boeing 767 Flight 11 leaves Boston for Los Angeles; 87 people aboard
8:14 a.m. United Airlines Boeing 767 Flight 175 leaves Boston for Los Angeles; 60 people aboard
8:20 a.m. American Airlines Boeing 757 Flight 77 leaves Washington’s Dulles Airport for Los Angeles; 59 people aboard
8:42 a.m. United Airlines Boeing 757 Flight 93 leaves Newark, N.J., for San Francisco; 40 people aboard

NEW YORK ATTACKED

8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into World Trade Center north tower
9:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into World Trade Center south tower
9:21 a.m. All New York area bridges, tunnels closed
9:30 a.m. Visiting Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., President George W. Bush announces United States under “apparent terrorist attack”

WASHINGTON TARGETED

9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into Pentagon
9:42 a.m. FAA stops all takeoffs, landings at U.S. airports; some international flights diverted to Canada
9:45 a.m. U.S. Capitol, White House evacuated
9:55 a.m. Bush leaves for Barksdale AFB, La., on Air Force One; escorted by six fighter jets
9:57 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 passengers struggle with hijackers over western Pennsylvania

BUILDINGS COLLAPSE

9:59 a.m. World Trade Center south tower collapses
10:00 a.m. U.S. financial markets close, begin longest shutdown since World War I
10:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pa., failing to reach its hijackers’ intended target
10:10 a.m. Side of Pentagon collapses
10:28 a.m. World Trade Center north tower collapses

SHOCKED NATION REACTS

11:02 a.m. NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani orders evacuation of area south of Canal St.
12:30 p.m. 50 flights still in U.S. airspace
1:04 p.m. Bush announces U.S. military on high alert
1:44 p.m. Pentagon says five frigates and guided missile destroyers, two aircraft carriers leaving Norfolk, Va., to protect New York, Washington
1:48 p.m. Bush leaves Barksdale for Offutt AFB, Neb.; Air Force jets begin 24-hour flights over major cities

INFORMATION

4:00 p.m. Officials say Osama bin Laden involved in attacks
4:30 p.m. Bush leaves Offutt for Andrews AFB, Md.
5:20 p.m. Evacuated 47-story building in World Trade Center complex collapses
5:30 p.m. Officials say target of Flight 93 was White House, U.S. Capitol or Camp David in Maryland
6:54 p.m. Bush arrives at White House on Marine One helicopter
8:30 p.m. Bush addresses nation

Race to the Finish!

“… let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith …” – Hebrews 12:1-2

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If you were in the Olympics, would you stand still and just watch or would you strive with all your heart to win?

The apostle Paul encouraged Christians to race for victory as we run for Jesus.

Paul admonishes us to “lay aside every weight” which could cause us to fall.

It is easy to become distracted, and even consumed, by the things of this world. Those things might even be good and wholesome in their own right, but they can sideline us.

For instance, it would be better to memorize Scripture than song lyrics, sports stats, or trivia.

Beware the peril of remaining stationary. It is easy to forget the race we are in and to simply stand still. Let’s stay awake and keep moving forward in our journey with Jesus.

If it hinders you, get rid of it. We each have our own hindrances. Set them aside. Run your race.

Reject the negative voices within you and from the world and listen to the right voices coming from God and his Word.

Paul warned against “the sin which so easily ensnares us.” That sin is unbelief (Hebrews 11:6). Let us renew our faith by “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

How do we get back on track?

Believe and look to Jesus!

God did not send us here just to run the race, but also to finish it. Let’s finish it in faith!