Does this cover? That better? When Nuance Isn't Enough http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/ "Kerry Behind the Scenes: Restless, Multisyllabic," reads the headline on a story by Jodi Wilgoren in yesterday's New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/13/p...ex=1402459200&partner=USERLAND&pagewanted=all "Like a caged hamster, Senator John Kerry is restless on the road," the piece begins. The haughty, French-looking caged hamster, who by the way served in Vietnam, "pokes at the perimeter of the campaign bubble that envelops him, constantly trying to break out for a walk around the block, a restaurant dinner, the latest movie." If he were a kid, they'd put him on Ritalin. Wilgoren writes that Kerry's "formal statements are filled with multisyllabic upper-crust phrasing." Should this impress us? After all, "monosyllabic" has just as many syllables as "multisyllabic." Besides, some of the most eloquent presidential statements are monosyllabic: "Tear down this wall!" What would John Kerry have said, "Mr. Gorbachev, kindly disassemble aforementioned barricade"?