Sunday, May 10, 2009

Late night reductio ad absurdum

According to Merriam-Webster, the word "mustard" is Middle English, from Anglo-French (uh-oh!) mustarde, from must must, from Latin mustum and dates from the 13th century. The word "ketchup" -- and Sean Hannity seems to imply that ketchup is more down-home American than mustard* -- is from Malay kĕchap (fish sauce) and dates from (ahem) circa 1690. Malay is the language of the Malay peninsula, which includes Malaysia and Singapore. But wait, aren't these Muslim countries, as in terrorists? So whose side is Sean Hannity really on? The Americans' or the terrorists'? It makes you wonder!!!

*"Plain ol' ketchup . . . didn't quite cut it for the President."

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