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John-Paul McCarthy on the President's language


Dr FitzGerald spoke too quickly, but President Higgins seems to have trouble at an even more basic level.
Someone seems to have told him that you get a bigger rhetorical bang for your buck if you load up on prepositions and exotic tenses.
The President is addicted to the word "as", and he uses it as a weird semantic bridge in his speeches. It leads to fairly bizarre sentences.
He spoke of an intellectual journey, which sounded pretty good, but then called it "such a journey as would be authentic, as would release us for the future and all of its shared possibilities".
What does "as would" mean? (From the Indo >>>>)

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