Skip to comments.Once-presidential phrase casualty of word war(Obama killed "shovel ready"?)
Posted on 12/31/2009 2:36:25 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
Once-presidential phrase casualty of word war
DETROIT The phrase "shovel ready," incessantly invoked by the Obama administration this year as a way to sell its $787 billion federal stimulus bill, died Thursday.
The official cause of death was overuse, according to Lake Superior State University, which announced the phrase's demise in its annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness, released Thursday.
"Shovel ready" dug its own grave by forcing its way into speeches and out of the mouths of the president and too many other politicians in past months.
"Stick a shovel in it. It's done," seethed Joe Grimm of loomfield Hills, Mich., in his nomination to the university's Word Banishment Committee. Grimm is a visiting journalist at Michigan State University and a former recruiter and editor at the Detroit Free Press.
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Guess they finally decided to call a spade a spade.
I don’t know, I think the health care bill is shovel ready. Let’s bury the damn thing.
The "hip" crowd in the White House is wearing out even their semantic welcome, apparently.
"Let me be clear" also should have made the list. Maybe next year.
Every time I hear him say “Let me be clear,” I want to throw something at the TV.
“Guess they finally decided to call a spade a spade.”
Maybe brilliant, superior, intellectual, really smart liberal nuance from the mouths of psychotic, adolescent, obnoxious Democrats didn’t work so well this time.
They’ll just have to come up with another phrase that will inspire those brilliant independents-who-are-really-Democrats to vote the communist party line once again.
(Herr Goebbles would be proud.)
Soon, that pathetic loser will be about as popular Idi Amin.
Some more I’d like to banish...
Every time you hear him say Let me be clear,it means he is about to spin some thing.
I've joined quite a few other Americans in a cure for that -- don't watch him. Read the transcript, for what it's worth.
There is some fun to be had with the YouTube videos of his speeches. The Hopenhagen one, in particular. If you have some time to spare, turn the sound off, let it download completely, then run it at fast forward (by dragging the slider). It a frantic mishmash of head turning and bobbing, hand movements and angry facial expressions. Very revealing of the spoiled brat who didn't get his way -- twice -- in Copenhagan.
I have a bumpersticker that states “Obamacare...call us when you are shovel ready”.
Mark my words.
The shovel ready jobs will flow just prior to the 2010 elections.
And all the hungry people will rejoice at the polls (well, thats the plan)
May I suggest he adopt the following as an alternative?
"Let me depart from my usual rhetorical style consisting of vague, feel-good clichés juxtaposed with tortured semantics and outright prevarications and state..."
Anybody care to guess the next Obama power play word?
Has to play upon a new year, beginning, arise from the ashes etc. is my guess.
I'd agree the man is a real penix.
sorry, I left out the ho.<p