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Why Politicians and the Wealthy Avoid the "R" World

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg looks at how Americans use the word "rich." In this election year, it's been deployed extensively by the two major presidential candidates. Nunberg looks at the origin of the word and why some well-to-do Americans don't like the label.

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Other segments from the episode on October 14, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 14, 1996: Interview with Waylon Jennings; Commentary on the word "rich."

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