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Commentary > China Post > Daniel J. Bauer
In a moment I'll try to say something worth our time about the photogenic Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who announced this past week their impending divorce. I'll also offer a view on the decision of a couple much closer to home that is also attracting headlines these days.
 
Welcome to a continuation of a discussion about what I call "tricky words or expressions" in the use of English. We are here for Part II, which builds on Part I, my column of Sept. 4.
 
Republic of China Vice-President Chen Chien-jen attended the canonization ceremony for Mother Teresa last weekend. His visit to Rome carried significance beyond the celebrations for the new saint. Rumors are flying that the Vatican is near an historic breakthrough on understandings with officials in Beijing. Any large change in that particular status quo would surely affect Taiwan.
 
This column is not about baseball, although it may at first appear to be. I focus today rather on the use of English language in moments that could seem to be a little "tricky."
 
Any thinking person could quickly tick off a list of concerns that come to mind in the wake of the violence that broke out within steps of the Taipei District Court last Wednesday after a legal proceeding in the so called "cat-death trial."
 
Events are unfolding every few minutes these days at the Olympic Games in Rio. Those events affect the whole world in ways large and small. It is all very exciting, inspiring, and at times surprising. News from the Olympics may occasionally also be sad.
 
Two weeks ago, back in the United States, the chair of the Democratic National Committee was forced to resign in disgrace in the opening hours of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
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Local media have recently said that Taiwan may soon follow the example of South Korea and pass legislation to require businesses which serve liquor to take on an important new role. That role, in a sense, is the role of friend or loved one.
 
Amid all the horrid news flooding into our lives these recent days from a dozen or more countries or well known cities, I picked up the paper this past Wednesday and nearly fell off my feet. Like everyone in Taiwan and, I trust, our friends in the People's Republic of China (PRC) as well, I felt dismayed.
 
Having been fooled in the past about a news story that later turned out to be a hoax, I am a little leery as I begin here to comment on a report from a pair of local English newspapers last week about an important man named Xi Jinping.
 
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