Since Um… has been mentioned in op-ed pieces about the Miss South Carolina debacle a couple of times (notably here and here), I thought I should add something. I’ll assume that you’ve seen the YouTube video, read the transcript, seen the attempts at diagramming her utterance, heard the song with her utterance as the words, talked about her performance one way or another
What it means when it’s moments of language incompetence, not moments of eloquence, that galvanize us.
Let’s talk about Miss South Carolina, and why what she said, or barely said, has been so fascinating, the Schadenfreude flavor of the week. That conundrum of
language and power
language and beauty
language and wealth
she is the beauty to Bush’s power