The things you learn on the Colbert Report. I would never have known, until watching last night's "The Word,"
that John McCain keeps using the word "transcendental" in a really weird way. To wit:
"I believe we are facing the transcendental challenge of the century of radical Islamic terrorism." (johnmccain.com)
I am pretty sure McCain is not proposing yogic flying
or a devotion to the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson as key elements of the radical Islamic terrorist challenge. He, or someone on his staff, is dealing a few tarot cards short of a full deck, because what McCain really means is something more like "surpassing" or "overarching." Or maybe "existential?"
Labels: elections, grammar and usage, Mccain, transcendentalism