Decider, divider, uniter

President Bush’s statement that he is the “decider” has received a great deal of play. I thought of his assertion during the 2000 campaign that he was a “uniter, not a divider.” The rhymes stuck in my head, and so did the hint of a Texas accent on the “i” in those words. I have a flat “i,” too, although I learned to talk in Catawba County, N.C., not Texas. A flat “i” sounds like “ah.” Read this interesting piece about Southern dialect from the PBS series “Do You Speak American?”

Today’s New York Times story looks at another aspect of the “decider” remark: the role of the sexes in decision making.

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