This post is an expanded version of a shorter item I posted to Facebook yesterday. Sorry if you're having to read it twice ...
Yesterday, January 11th, President-Elect Donald Trump held his first formal press conference since July 27th of last year*. It lasted about an hour, a large part of which was taken up by an introduction in which incoming press secretary Sean Spicer yelled at the assembled press corps, a fawning introduction by Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence, a prepared statement by Mr Trump, and a lengthy presentation by Mr Trump's legal counsel Sheri Dillon concerning his plans for addressing conflict of interest issues. The actual amount of time spent
Here's my linguistic take on the news conference:
(1) Mr Trump tends to use adjectives describing expected results rather than nouns defining what those results will be.
(2) Things Mr Trump does or likes are "amazing," "brilliant," "fantastic," "tremendous," "huge," "phenomenal," and "total."
(3) Things Mr Trump does not like are "a disgrace," "dishonest," "sad," "pathetic," "failing," and "unfair."
(4) The adjective "unfair" is most often used to describe news coverage with which the president-elect is not pleased.
(4) The adverb "very" is liberally (pardon the expression) used to intensify the adjectives that take the place of nouns in Mr Trump's remarks.
He's easy to cover from a linguistic standpoint ... a particularly large vocabulary is not required.
Have a good day. More thoughts coming.
* The Washington Post last October 6th documented 71 times that Mr Trump or his surrogates had criticized Senator Clinton for not holding a press conference - as of that date, she had not held one for more than 270 days. When Mr Trump finally held his press