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Tired of "folks"
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Posted on 10/16/2012 9:59:45 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville

So after watching tonight's debate, my overwhelming take-away is when did it become appropriate and common for a person seeking political office to refer to people as "folks"? It was like the proverbial nails-on-a-chalkboard to me every time I heard Mr. Obama hiss the word and before the first hour was up, I actually yelled at the screen.

This was the first time in a very long time I had any sort of "out loud" reaction to something on television and I almost turned it off!

Then I reminded myself that since I don't normally watch any TV (I was streaming C-SPAN through the computer) and since I had turned it on specifically to watch the debate, I steeled myself to get through it. (I can see why some of y'all turn these things into drinking games ;-)~ )

Soon I started noticing Mr. Romney with the same affectation.

So I ask you, my fellow Freepers, is it really common and I just never noticed it before Obama or has he lowered this standard as well as those of decorum, civility, and respect for where your feet belong?


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: folks

1 posted on 10/16/2012 9:59:45 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Funniest Obama performance was the faux southern down home black folk speech that was leaked a couple weeks ago.

Folks = I’m a regular person like you. Not a Harvard educated elitist.


2 posted on 10/16/2012 10:02:09 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Dude, you are a “peeps”.


3 posted on 10/16/2012 10:02:47 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: YankeeinOkieville

I also hate it when Oturdo says “oil” or “ pay a little more”!


4 posted on 10/16/2012 10:03:08 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

GWB’s very first statement on 9/11/01 referred to the filthy, dirty ‘effin terrorists as “folks”.


5 posted on 10/16/2012 10:05:20 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: YankeeinOkieville
You know the word "FOLKS" is an Acronym for:
6 posted on 10/16/2012 10:08:52 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple. Fight ... or Die !)
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To: Paladin2
Dudette, actually - but I thank you for the complement from 20 years ago. I fell so . . . so included.

"peeps" <--you made me smile and I thank you.

7 posted on 10/16/2012 10:10:30 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

You live in Folkieville and don’t get it?

Like waving at everyone in down as you pass them in your truck and a friend from out of town remarks “Gee, seems like you know everyone in town”.

“Nope”.


8 posted on 10/16/2012 10:11:18 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Yosemitest
Any relation to the self-appointed Lord King of the US of A?
9 posted on 10/16/2012 10:13:03 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

10 posted on 10/16/2012 10:15:28 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: TigerClaws
All other considerations be damned.. the more 'lk' words the better.

Don't sulk. Polk for pres! Make yolk, not caulk! Folks walk the talk, thanks to Salk but don't stalk.


11 posted on 10/16/2012 10:16:26 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: YankeeinOkieville
"Dudette, actually"

Shouldn't you be a Yankeette (or somesuch)?

I've found that when challenged for a "handle" by "public servants" that using "Citizen" doesn't carry much weight. Disappointing is has been.

12 posted on 10/16/2012 10:16:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Your name would indicate why you might object to “folks”. It’s a black/southern thing y’all.


13 posted on 10/16/2012 10:18:13 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Take two Aspirin and call me in November - Obama for Hindmost.)
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To: Paladin2

is —> it.


14 posted on 10/16/2012 10:18:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: YankeeinOkieville

What do YOU think?
15 posted on 10/16/2012 10:19:00 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple. Fight ... or Die !)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Well, it’s either peeps or Tax Slave.


16 posted on 10/16/2012 10:22:32 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: hole_n_one
GWB’s very first statement on 9/11/01 referred to the filthy, dirty ‘effin terrorists as “folks”.

Really? Amazing. I guess I was in such shock over the events it didn't register. So it is a common nomenclature in politics? Like every single time certain politicians speak of us common rabble, we are "folks"?

17 posted on 10/16/2012 10:26:53 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

The term “folks” is used in the Midwest and South.

But the foreign term the Marxists recently introduced is changing the “the public” to Marx’s language “the masses.” That really irks me. Americans are referred to as the public or citizens. The masses were in the Soviet Union.


18 posted on 10/16/2012 10:32:40 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: YankeeinOkieville

It’s not the word folks, it’s the hissing whistly way he says all words with S that I can’t stand. If only thes{hiss}e were his wors{hiss}t offens{hiss}es{hiss}.


19 posted on 10/16/2012 10:33:29 PM PDT by tunedin
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To: Mike Darancette

Too bad yankees keep reading their compass upside down or something like that. Once they get down here ‘bout all they do is complain about us and can’t seem to remember which way is up to find their way back north. I really wish more would though.


20 posted on 10/16/2012 10:33:53 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: YankeeinOkieville

My husband kept commenting every time Obama said folks too. As for myself, I’m sick of hearing about cleaning up “the mess” that he inherited.


21 posted on 10/16/2012 10:35:07 PM PDT by AngieGal
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Hitler started the whole “volks” thing. ;-)


22 posted on 10/16/2012 10:43:16 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: Mike Darancette
Your name would indicate why you might object to “folks”. It’s a black/southern thing y’all.

I have no objection when in the course of regular everyday conversation people are referred to as "folks".

"How are your folks doing?"

"Folks around here want to know .."

It is when a politician in a debate or speech continually uses it to refer to the populace. How about "people" or "public" or "citizens"? "Americans" works as well. I think I'd've enjoyed hearing a "youse guys" just to break the monotony. (I know, that's Joisey not LonGisland but still!) Even a "y'all" instead of "folks", "folks", "folks". All "folks" all night long from Obama and intermittently from Romney.

BTW, we say "folks" in my beautiful NYS also. and a second point - Obama is not Southern and only 1/2 black.

23 posted on 10/16/2012 10:47:39 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: YankeeinOkieville
"Obama is not Southern and only 1/2 black. "

Zer0 is an alien mulatt0.

24 posted on 10/16/2012 10:56:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: tunedin; Yosemitest

I know, right? The hissing - especially when combined with the purple lips has always reminded me of a serpent - as in the kind referenced up-thread by Yosemitest.


25 posted on 10/16/2012 10:56:43 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Not nearly as grating as Biden’s “my friend _____ this,” “My friend_______ that,” “my good friends, ______, ______, and _____ who,” when he is referring to people in whose back he is twisting the knife.

Friends don’t eviscerate friends, no matter what the ridiculous Senate convention is.


26 posted on 10/16/2012 11:01:34 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Sequoyah101

If you’ll read the thread, you will notice that I was NOT complaining about whomever you think “us” is. My OP was specifically referring to politicians in general and one politician in particular. Where did you get that misconception from?


27 posted on 10/16/2012 11:06:31 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1
Hitler started the whole “volks” thing. ;-)

I knew there was something I didn't like about that fella.

28 posted on 10/16/2012 11:08:59 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Sometimes you hear Obama say “now these peep-uh-uh folks.” That’s condescending enough.

But I love when he refers to terrorists this way ... “Now, uh, if these folks think they can get away with killing our ... uh ... folks ... we’ve uh ... got to bring these folks to justice”

I would vote to ban it if I could, but I put a higher priority on eliminating “Make no mistake ...”


29 posted on 10/16/2012 11:12:24 PM PDT by HannibalHamlinJr
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To: YankeeinOkieville

LOL

30 posted on 10/16/2012 11:12:24 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: HannibalHamlinJr

“Let me make this clear”

[to all you stupid frikkin’ morons who can’t appreciate my innate genius]


31 posted on 10/16/2012 11:15:21 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: YankeeinOkieville; All

Well now, it’s 1:00 here in Okieland and I have to go do the Tax Slave bit at 7 so I better sign off. Thanks to everyone who posted. I got to rant a bit and got some chuckles and some thought-provoking thoughts in return. Good Night FOLKS!


32 posted on 10/16/2012 11:17:42 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: hole_n_one
GWB’s very first statement on 9/11/01 referred to the filthy, dirty ‘effin terrorists as “folks”.

Yeah, in referring to the terrorists...who "knocked these buildings down." Knocked down these buildings? Like they were building blocks on a playground? Bush's words at that particular moment have always struck me as odd, almost cringing.

33 posted on 10/17/2012 12:19:48 AM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: YankeeinOkieville

“Folks” and “Notion”, etc. - “Notion” when he wants to convey “Lie” instead . . . Oh, and the high school Speech 101 method of not hissing the final “s” on your words ... surprised he’s not “hissing” . . . Obama’s a talker alright . .


34 posted on 10/17/2012 1:57:30 AM PDT by Twinkie (WE ARE HURTING . . .)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

I’ve noticed the “folks” thing too and yes it definitely is an Obama thing. What happened is that the media adoringly latched onto it and started using it at questionably appropriate times as well. That created a kind of reinforcing feedback loop and so now it’s part of the Prez’s standard shtick. What’s funny is that while it grates on us, liberals no doubt find it adorable.

Another poster mentioned Obama’s habit of whistling his s’s. That’s another one that grates once you become aware of it. It probabaly wouldn’t bug me except that I suspect he does it on purpose, that it’s practiced.


35 posted on 10/17/2012 2:18:45 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: YankeeinOkieville
O'Reilly overworks the "folks" word on his show, too.....just to let us know he's really one of us.....as in "You know I'm always looking out for the folks".

As TV's most famous fence-sitter, O'Reilly regularly camps out on the left side of the fence when it comes to covering for his best bud, Obama. That doesn't sound too folksy to me.

Big Bill is always busy looking out for himself first, from shilling his books to his Abbott and Costello road shows...... not looking out that much for us folks.

Leni

36 posted on 10/17/2012 2:25:07 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: ApplegateRanch

ditto with McCain who used to be so condescendingy when lecturing us simple conservatives about how democrats are friends, not food

funny how McCain always called himself “Maverick” when we all knew he was “Goose”


37 posted on 10/17/2012 2:30:05 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Obama would rather use “comrades” but that would expose his socialist/communist ideology.


38 posted on 10/17/2012 2:38:20 AM PDT by monocle
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Supposedly you can’t say “people” anymore so folks is the new “ok” word.


39 posted on 10/17/2012 3:03:18 AM PDT by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: tunedin

Damn straight. He sounds like some kinda slithery political pit viper.


40 posted on 10/17/2012 3:15:09 AM PDT by DMZFrank
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