Madoff: A Scoundrel Or A Sociopath? Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the proper terminology for describing white-collar fraudster Bernie Madoff, from the Dickensian "scoundrel" to the plebeian "scumbag."
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Madoff: A Scoundrel Or A Sociopath?

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Madoff: A Scoundrel Or A Sociopath?

Madoff: A Scoundrel Or A Sociopath?

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White-collar fraudster Bernie Madoff has been called a range of nasty names — from the Dickensian "scoundrel" to the clinically cruel "sociopath." Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the proper terminology for condemning Madoff.

Nunberg teaches at the University of California at Berkeley School of Information, and he is the former chair of the American Heritage Dictionary usage panel.