Historiographic note: the term “ever, ever, ever”

  1. From The Wall Street Journal, online:

KENANSVILLE, N.C. – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump declared African Americans are worse off than “ever, ever, ever,” at a rally Tuesday in this town named after a slaveholder, three days after President Barack Obama said he “missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and Jim Crow.”

Speaking to a mostly white audience in this small town in eastern North Carolina, Mr. Trump made what is becoming a trademark overture to black voters. “We’re going to rebuild our inner cities, because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worse shape that they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever,” he said.





I feel very strongly that as governor, I need to protect the basic expectations of privacy that all individuals should be allowed to have, especially in the sanctity of a restroom.

— Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina. Colin Campbell, “Politicians seek to score points after NC nondiscrimination bill.” Miami Herald 25 March 2016. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article68212887.html


The word means “holiness.” Ultimately it derives from the Latin verb sancio, to make inviolable.

And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

— Exodus 3.5-6