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"Brave Wins": A bizarre and ungrammatical political slogan

2 years ago

"Will brave win?" asks possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Gillibrand.

Here's a more interesting, and less abstract question. "Brave" is an adjective. It has a noun version: bravery. What's wrong with just using that?

Then again, "Will bravery win?" still doesn't make much sense. What would it look like for bravery to lose?

Arguably, what's going on here is that Gillibrand is trying to apply the adjective "brave" to herself... but without actually doing so directly. We are being invited to ask ourselves whether the brave candidate will win.

It certainly does take bravery to associate oneself with such a travesty of language. I wouldn't do it. Would you?