All the president's pronouns

A study of United States leaders' language use reveals what makes a successful politician

By some scientific measures, Mr Donald Trump's presidency is not an aberration but part of a long-running trend. In his use of language, he is off the charts in his absence of analytical statements, as well as his expressions of confidence.

Both of those tendencies are correlated with success in politics.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2019, with the headline 'All the president's pronouns'. Print Edition | Subscribe