Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The best political title ever

Hands down, it goes to His Most Sublime Majesty, the Emperor of Lilliput. To wit: "Golbasto Momarem Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue, most mighty Emperor of Lilliput, delight and terror of the universe, whose dominions extend five thousand BLUSTRUGS (about twelve miles in circumference) to the extremities of the globe; monarch of all monarchs, taller than the sons of men; whose feet press down to the centre, and whose head strikes against the sun; at whose nod the princes of the earth shake their knees; pleasant as the spring, comfortable as the summer, fruitful as autumn, dreadful as winter." Jonathan Swift -- satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, and author of "Gulliver's Travels" -- was born this day in 1667 in Dublin, Ireland.

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