Oh ho ho, I just crack myself up with my clever titles! The speech in question, you see, is E-Prime, a novel form of English without the verb “to be”. Using E-Prime makes for good writing, but the discipline has attracted more than its fair share of evangelical acid heads, who claim that using “to be” moves one’s worldview into a harsh Aristotelian regime. Thus the clever pun on Edward Sapir. I am so smart, S-M-R-T.
Anyway, check out the comment thread on The Naked Tiny discussing whether or not E-Prime and queer theory should have a fight. I don’t have much to add to the discussion, aside from pointless E-Prime bashing… but it’s an interesting question nonetheless, and a fight I’d like to see.