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Linguist Geoff Nunberg

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Linguist Geoff Nunberg

Linguist Geoff Nunberg

Linguist Geoff Nunberg

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Linguist Geoff Nunberg on cultures that are missing words. The Oxford dictionary of quotations published its list of the top sayings of 2002. George W. Bush was quoted as saying to Tony Blair, "The problem with the French is that they have no word for entrepreneur." The British Prime minister denied that Bush said it, but the story is plausible because people are always saying similar things about other cultures.