What does the “knee-jerk” part of the phrase “knee-jerk liberal refer to? Or, in other words, what is a liberal like myself supposedly jerking her knees about?
It makes me imagine a form of folk dance with lots of bouncing involved. And little bands of bells around the ankles to jingle while those knees are doing their thing.
But this is a derogatory term. So what’s the story?
I know that these are just the names of shoes, but I was rather attracted to the rich sounds of the language on this sign when I walked past it this afternoon. So many nice vowels. Ooooloooo. Uuugg. Uurth. Booooots. I guess reading a lot of poetry trains you to think like this? But I think I’ve always loved language. Oooooloooo. MerUuull. Ooooloooo. Uurth. And a happy afternoon to you.