Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Thank God for the Haggadah, the Ultimate Non-PC Story

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Thank God for the Haggadah, the Ultimate Non-PC Story

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Maybe it's petty to complain about words when the entire species seems to be reverting back to pictograms, but there's a certain expression I really can't stand. I'm not one of those zoilists who sees any innovation as impurity. On good days, I can stomach even noxious stuff like "pick your brain" or "at the end of the day" or other expressions that, if justice prevailed, would incur a punishment of 30 smacks with the Oxford English Dictionary. But these phrases, like bad oysters, are not likely to cause you any more than a quick and cleansing bout of retching. They may be bad for your stomach, but they can't touch your soul. "Tell me how you really feel" is different.

You've heard the expression, no doubt. Maybe after delivering a long and passionate soliloquy about veggie burgers or federal income tax or the designated hitter rule or other things that are plainly and demonstrably wrong and bad for America? …

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