Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Knowledge of Good and Evil in China-Supported Newspaper


Whoever dreamed up this substitute for the sort of paper normally found in an American bathroom certainly lacked a subtle sense of the nuances intrinsic to native-speaker fluency in English.

The large-lettered wording of the title,  China Watch, turns one's mind to the warning implicit in the word "Watch," as in Human Rights Watch. Meaning: Watch them or they'll take away your human rights. In short, a warning to keep a close eye on a tricky, untrustworthy China. But why would China want to warn us about China?

And just above the title, we see the ominous words, "All You Need To Know." In other words, don't try to find out more than this. We know best.

Why do I have this paper? It comes about once a month as a paid-for advertisement supplement inserted into my New York Times.

That's all you need to know!



At 5:59 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Your nuances are so old fashioned. You need re-education!

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Just wait for the facial-recognition software. You'll then find out what sort of person I am!

Jeffery Hodges

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