Recently, people have invoked sensitivities to oppose the building of an Islamic center near ground zero (above) and to urge Glenn Beck to move his rally at the Lincoln Memorial — which took place on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Seth Wenig/AP Photo hide caption

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Maybe We All Need Some 'Sensitivity' Training

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Geoff Nunberg says that pop singers such as The Beatles and Elvis Costello may have visited wordplay from time to time -- but country music lives there. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Puns In Country Music Songs Done Right

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Sarah Palin's use of the nonword "refudiate" set off a storm of mockery -- and support -- among partisans. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Refudiate? Repudiate? Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

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A Twitter haiku / A tiny Internet thought / That people enjoy. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Haiku Takes To Twitter, 140 Characters At A Time

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I Pledge Allegiance To Linguistic Obfuscation

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'Equation,' 'Gingerly' And Other Linguistic Pet Peeves

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A Sensitive Subject: Harry Reid's Language On Race

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Geoffrey Nunberg: 'The I's Don't Have It'

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Of 'Public' Options And 'Government' Plans

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Madoff: A Scoundrel Or A Sociopath?

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The Ghost Of Populism Walks Again — Again

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'Socialist' Charge Draws On Old Fears

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For Candidates, An Accent on Authenticity

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