Skip to comments.Political Cliches that Piss You Off!
Posted on 07/19/2012 9:39:16 PM PDT by struggle
I hope you all wont mind this vanity, but my father and I were working (yeah, I know Obama's trying hard to put an end to that), and we started talking about how cable news talking heads have adopted repetitious cliches in their constant partisan battles on the tube.
Here are the top five I DESPISE: 1. At the end of the day... 2. Look,... 3. Speaking truth to power... 4. It is what is is... (a true exercise in tautology) 5. Literally... (when they're figuratively explaining a metaphor or hypothetical)
I can see why political discourse made George Orwell's blood boil so much. The linguistic bumpers that these talking heads punctuate their message with parse the core message to the point of making it meaningless.
This includes Obamaisms.
Evert Dem Talking head tells the same lies, and LOUDLY!
“New Tone” and “Reach Across The Aisle”.
“millionaires and billionaires”
“It’s For the Children.”
“Wall Street vs Main Street.”
Paying their fair share.
"For the children."
“He has grown (or matured)”—meaning that a former conservative has gone liberal.
That being said...
“Yoo mus’ be racis’!”
>>New Tone and Reach Across The Aisle.
Oh hell, yah. I hope that the Republicans soon realize that “new tone” and “reach across the aisle” means YOUR ASS GETS PRIMARIED NEXT YEAR.
Bill Clinton’s phrase “bridge to the 21st century,” which he used over and over, got on my nerves. We didn’t get to the 21st century via a bridge.
#5 Misusing “literally” worst offender: Sean Hannity
“Fairness,” “economic fairness,” and “fundamental fairness.”
“Big X” where X=oil, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, corporations... about anything except media, colleges, unions, and government.
We’ve got to leave it to the wisdom of the voters, pal!
From either side/party/constituency.... this one just bugs me. Probably because when it's used, it means : 1) people who are, politically speaking, completely uninformed, 2) Americans of "specific" ethnic backgrounds, 3) people other than American citizens
And often times, all 3 together!!!
Speaking truth to power.
‘Course there is nothing worse in my mind than “social justice”!
‘I’d have to search my recollection.’
Never an utterance of the "Far Left Wing"
The Soft Pro Choice vs. the Hard Anti-abortion
I haven’t heard this phrase in a while, but I found “Saturday night special,” referring to a pistol, to be particularly annoying. A “Saturday night special” must be a .38 special equipped with a timer that only allows it to be used between the hours of 6 PM and 12 midnight on Saturdays.
Often seen here: “freedom of speech”, “innocent until proven guilty”.
The non-apology apology, “I’m sorry if anyone was offended.”
>>#5 Misusing literally worst offender: Sean Hannity
That’s exactly who we were laughing at. Hannity will say dumb crap like “Obama is literally smashing the small business owner with a baseball bat” or some variant and hope someday that he’ll have an aide in-studio with a 2 sided sign that will show either “figurative” or “literal” so he knows when to use it.
Obama is really bad about using “literally” when he is off-prompter; his speech-writer never uses the word.
One thing that really impressed me is Rush Limbaugh. He is, outside of his oft repeated “official cliches”, probably one of the most verbose and varied speakers. He used braggadocious a couple days ago and I laughed my ass off. Ive never heard ANY speaker use that word in conversation before.
Opponents of President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative ballistic missile defense program were always calling it “Star Wars”—even though it had nothing to do with stars and was designed to deter wars.
“You’re a great American”—Sean Hannity
"As everyone knows.."
Both sides of the political spectrum are guilty of overusng “McCarthyism” to the point that it has become shopworn.
That is my Top Despised Phrase...it means "I give up - you must give up - it is what it is" - I go into a rage with the utterance of that phrase....
Since it’s an ongoing investigation, we have no comment at this time.
“Let me be clear” & its variations. Seems I haven’t heard that one as much lately, but it used to be a frequent offender.
Clinton lied, no one died.
Dittos. A completely unhelpful phrase. It always infuriates me too, but I didn’t realize why until reading your comment.
“the American people.”
I must have commented on that 20+ times to my wife and others. They are sick of me drawing their attention to it.
Why not just “Americans?” I think your last (3rd) explanation is right on.
Not a cliche, but notice the most intelligent president ever saying “fer” instead of “for.”
Every time I hear Rush say “It is what it is” I change the channel to NPR - that’s how much I hate that phrase :>)
For most people they say that as a PC way to say “F’ it- I give up”...just say “I’m helpless, I’m not going to fight it” and be done with it...drop the cute “It is what it is” - aargh
(I really HATE that phrase)
>Paying their fair share.<
That’s the phrase that drives me up a tree. Fair my foot!
(Translation: Societal mooches on Food Stamps, Welfare, Section 8 housing, and other freebie entitlements targeted for the latest vote-buying houndout scheme.)
“Reasonable gun laws.”
I could have written this article, almost word for word. It has come to my attention, having a few acquaintances who periodically are asked to be on the cable tv segments (and who Google the topic at hand furiously for a few hours prior), that the stupid professional political talking heads are only slightly more advanced than high school sophomores when it comes to these brief tv appearances and what they view as the “keys to success.” And it’s a bipartisan rule book. Not even people whose opinions I respect are above the fray. You can see it as it evolves. Do you want to know who made “Look,..” Popular? Newt Gingrich, except he did it at the time as part of his natural speaking syntax. Idiots like hilary rosen thought, wow, that sounded really convincing! Now, they’re first word out of their mouths is “look,...” Even if it isn’t appropriate for the natural flow of back and forth conversation. Regrettably, the cable tv producers seem to reward this herd-like mentality, so they all think they have to do it. We need to hear from people who aren’t trying to convince us (and deep down, themselves) how important they are. Dick Armey is an example. Thanks for the post.
"Swift boating should be defined as the exposing of a poltroon who inflates his biography.
This is often confused, quite deliberately by the mainstream media, with "borking" which should be defined as "attack viciously a candidate or appointee, especially by misrepresentation in the media, according to to William Safire in The New York Times.
Our mission on FreeRepublic should be to "Swift boat" the unworthy and to prevent the "borking" of the worthy."
“(Translation: Societal mooches on Food Stamps, Welfare, Section 8 housing, and other freebie entitlements targeted for the latest vote-buying houndout scheme.)”
Simplified translation: Parasites
No, don’t apologize for this vanity, oh my God, it’s amazing! Incredible!
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