I heard a clip of this portion of the president’s speech to the United Nations today, referring to ISIL:
There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.
First, I cringed a bit at the B-movie cliche, as in, “dis is the only language dese creeps unnerstand.”
Then, I cringed again at the grammar. Of course, it should have been “killers such as these.” I can forgive the improper use of “like” instead of “as,” but the number disagreement was a bit much.
Do you suppose he did that intentionally, to sound more like the tough guy? Cuz, ya know, tough guys don’t do grammar…