Fay Vincent: We Need Less “Joe,” More “Mr. President”

From a Wall Street Journal commentary by Fay Vincent headlined “Less ‘Joe,’ More ‘Mr.President'”:

There he was, on the hurricane-ravaged streets of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., the president of the United States, saying: No one effs with a Biden. I don’t use quotation marks because he used an unprintable word my mother taught me is “vulgar.”

In ancient Rome, where formal Latin was spoken only by the educated class and written by the likes of Cicero, the street language was called the “vulgate” because it was the common tongue.