Father Tony

A Joyfully Broken Chicane

Filed By Father Tony | January 20, 2009 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Chicano/a history, Obama Inauguration

The word of the day is chicane. I just heard it come from the mouth of an NBC reporter.

Let's use it in a sentence:

With the inauguration of Barack Obama, the racial chicane of American history has been permanently dismantled.

More inaugural language talk after the jump.

In his inaugural address, the new President Obama has just included curiosity in his list of saving American values. How refreshing and delightful. We have endured so many years of defensive and suspicious leadership. We have all but forgotten that our country was once strong in its curiosity about the world, its people and its horizons.

From the text of the speech:

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends -- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old. These things are true.

Also in his inaugural address, the new President just used the word forebearers. While certainly more inclusive than forefathers, he could have used the more elegant noun forebears, as in My forebears were Italian. The word does however open the door to some Four bears walk into a gay bar jokes.

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I had to look the word up too. LOL

"You say 'chicane', I say 'chaconne', let's call the whole thing off."

Marla R. Stevens Marla R. Stevens | January 20, 2009 9:04 PM

I prefer 'forebears' and, as for chicanes, my favorite is Lombard Street.

Hey, as long as our Ciconne isn't broken.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | January 21, 2009 1:52 AM

Fr Tony, I would prefer to believe the commentator said "chicane" and thought "chicanery."

But, I don't get NBC so what do I know?