Christiane Amanpour Uses Big Word on TV
Thursday, 07 July 2011

This is either unintentionally hilarious or merely bizarre, but either way it seemed worthy of attention. On This Week, during an extremely sophisticated (accented) and somewhat insightful debate on the importance of the US Constitution, Christiane Amanpour apparently attempted to keep the conversation at an elevated level of intelligence by showcasing an SAT-worthy word in the middle of her statement. Amanpour casually said “perspicacious,” yet dropping such a big word apparently served as a bat signal for the ABC graphics department to go into emergency action!

Amanpour’s guest mentioned Benjamin Franklin wrote that he wouldn’t mind being preserved in a “vat of Madeira wine” in order to see if the Constitution held up 200 years later.

Amanpour responded, “he was amazingly perspicacious when this Constitution was signed.” Some viewers might want to roll their eyes in response to Amanpour’s use of such “elite” language, while others might appreciate that she doesn’t dumb down her thoughts for television. Either way, what was truly peculiar was the on-screen graphic. Were producers worried that the word would fly so far over their audience’s head that they needed to intervene as a public service?

Now some of you may say, they were just trying to help and Christiane Amanpour is a good guy! Is she really? She is even explaining how big her word is (about 1 ft), look at the screen capture!

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