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Robin Lakoff

  • Language uses us as much as we use language.

  • So a girl is damned if she does, damned if she doesn't. If she refuses to talk like a lady, she is ridiculed and subjected to criticism as unfeminine; if she does learn, she is ridiculed as unable to think clearly, unable to take part in a serious discussion: in some sense, as less than fully human. These two choices which a woman has — to be less than a woman or less than a person — are highly painful.

  • All language is political ...

  • Reagan's genius as a communicator lies in his use of ambiguity. ... Ambiguity is the mother of Teflon.

Robin Lakoff, U.S. linguist, writer, educator

(1942)

Full name: Robin Tolmach Lakoff.