Wednesday, July 25, 2018


Robert Costa, on NPR this morning, commenting on the Michael Cohen–Donald Trump tape: “This tape is a Rosetta stone. It’s open to interpretation.”

This metaphor puzzled me. Merriam-Webster defines “Rosetta stone” as ”one that gives a clue to understanding.“ If the emphasis falls on “open to interpretation,” I’d opt for “Rorschach test.” What does one see — or hear — in it?

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comments: 2

Daughter Number Three said...

Yes, he clearly meant Rorschach test. Funny!

Michael Leddy said...

And another guest took up the metaphor later in the broadcast. Maybe it’ll catch on.