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Friday, December 2, 2016

On the evolution of language

From a Noel Coward song first performed June 1, 1931:
Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. 
From a press conference given by President Reagan, April 9, 1986:
Well, we know that this mad dog of the Middle East [Col. Quaddafi] has a goal of a world revolution, Moslem fundamentalist revolution, which is targeted on many of his own Arab compatriots. And where we figure in that, I don't know.
From a speech by President-elect Trump, November 30, 2016
We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our secretary of defense. But we're not announcing it 'til Monday, so don't tell anyone — Mad Dog. He's great. He is great.

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