Not that Anil needs any link love from the low-rent likes of me, but I’d be remiss in not pointing out the sheer awsomeness of his post this morning on Sarah Palin’s choice of language. As always, Anil has an amazing way of articulating something that’s difficult to parse; his view of Palin’s language as her hook into her intended audience is uniquely insightful, to say the least.

In the Philly cheesesteak battle between Pat’s and Geno’s, there’s never been a debate for me — Pat’s is far and away the better of the two. It’s nice to learn that this distinction doesn’t only rest on the quality of the cheesesteak, though; the owner of Geno’s has recently drawn his line in the whole immigration issue, and decreed that English is the only language that can be used to order at his restaurant. (Looking at the sign, it’s unclear that proper use of punctuation matters as much as language.) What a jackass.

There was a great article in the New York Times over the weekend describing how, with the continued growth of the Hispanic population in Texas, linguistics has reared its head in the form of disagreement about how to pronounce placenames. Having grown up in San Antonio, Texas, this is a hilarious read; I never understood why Texas is “TEX-us”, but Bexar County is “Bear” County.