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John Hamilton McWhorter V (born October 6, 1965) is an American linguist, author, and educator, currently an associate professor at Columbia University.
- We clap when our infants don't spill their food. We can afford to let go of clapping when exotic folks don't, when in our times, celebrating diversity is a shibboleth of moral legitimacy among thinking First World people, and considerably, if not comprehensibly, beyond.
- John McWhorter, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English (Gotham Books, New York, 2008) p. 162