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Once-presidential phrase casualty of word war(Obama killed "shovel ready"?)
AP ^ | 12/31/09

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhostimulus; language; misuse; obama; oversue; shovelready

1 posted on 12/31/2009 2:36:26 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Killed because of the nexus between the term “shovel ready” and the death panels of Obamacare.
2 posted on 12/31/2009 2:40:50 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Guess they finally decided to call a spade a spade.


3 posted on 12/31/2009 2:42:27 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (I'd rather be an AGW denier than a dumbass Watermelon)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I don’t know, I think the health care bill is shovel ready. Let’s bury the damn thing.


4 posted on 12/31/2009 2:43:23 AM PST by Always Right
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Many other terms related to the federal stimulus — or the failing economy that inspired it — have been thrown into the semantic scrap heap for 2010, including "stimulus" (the more blunt "bailout" bit the dust last year), "toxic assets" and "too big to fail" — apparently, failure was an option.

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.

5 posted on 12/31/2009 2:44:45 AM PST by browardchad ("Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own fact." - Daniel P Moynihan)
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To: browardchad

Every time I hear him say “Let me be clear,” I want to throw something at the TV.


6 posted on 12/31/2009 2:49:50 AM PST by Tom_Busch (The big media IS the enemy)
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To: VeniVidiVici

“Guess they finally decided to call a spade a spade.”

LOL

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.)

IMHO


7 posted on 12/31/2009 2:51:20 AM PST by ripley
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Obama's approval ratings are "Shovel Ready."

Soon, that pathetic loser will be about as popular Idi Amin.

8 posted on 12/31/2009 2:51:21 AM PST by GI Joe Fan (GI Joe represents Real American Heroes, not a bunch of globalist drones.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Some more I’d like to banish...

Went missing
Doable
Off-putting
Actually


9 posted on 12/31/2009 2:54:14 AM PST by smalltownslick
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To: Tom_Busch

Every time you hear him say “Let me be clear,it means he is about to spin some thing.


10 posted on 12/31/2009 3:05:20 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz

Haha, true.


11 posted on 12/31/2009 3:06:53 AM PST by Tom_Busch (The big media IS the enemy)
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To: Tom_Busch
Every time I hear him say “Let me be clear,” I want to throw something at the TV.

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.

12 posted on 12/31/2009 3:11:05 AM PST by browardchad ("Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own fact." - Daniel P Moynihan)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I have a bumpersticker that states “Obamacare...call us when you are shovel ready”.


13 posted on 12/31/2009 3:18:34 AM PST by abigailsmybaby (To understan' the livin' you got to commune wit' da dead.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; All
 
14 posted on 12/31/2009 3:25:57 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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)


15 posted on 12/31/2009 3:27:56 AM PST by mylife (Obama is a fine orator, and Janet Napalitano is cunning linguist)
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To: Tom_Busch
Every time I hear him say “Let me be clear,” I want to throw something at the TV.

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..."

Regards,

16 posted on 12/31/2009 3:28:19 AM PST by alexander_busek
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To: smalltownslick

“the notion”


17 posted on 12/31/2009 3:29:24 AM PST by mylife (Obama is a fine orator, and Janet Napalitano is cunning linguist)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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.


18 posted on 12/31/2009 3:35:45 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: Eye of Unk
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.

19 posted on 12/31/2009 3:46:01 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

sorry, I left out the ho.<p
P(ho)enix...


20 posted on 12/31/2009 3:51:49 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

related...

http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/shocking-development-mrs-obama-decides-enough-is-enough-%E2%80%9Cmy-husband-was-born-in-hawaii-and-adopted-by-his-step-father-does-that-make-him-unpatriotic-she-asks%E2%80%9D-on-a-direct-telephon-2/


21 posted on 12/31/2009 3:55:32 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I think penix puts it better. He keeps on throwing a rod at America no matter how often it gets burned.


22 posted on 12/31/2009 4:10:55 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Morticians and gravediggers will be the new shovel ready jobs.


23 posted on 12/31/2009 4:24:29 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah."Our middle regiment, Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: Tom_Busch
You need an FR foam brick:
24 posted on 12/31/2009 4:25:51 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah."Our middle regiment, Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots

I had a box of these when I was a kid. Cool toy.


25 posted on 12/31/2009 4:27:30 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Vaduz

“Let me be clear” always proceeds a huge whooper, not really just a spin on something.

Example
“Let me be clear: The United States government has no interest in running GM.”


26 posted on 12/31/2009 4:29:43 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: mylife

Yes, exactly so, that has been obvious for some time now.


27 posted on 12/31/2009 4:31:04 AM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I nominate BO’s incessant use of “extraordinary,” which he mistakenly thinks he is. No, BO, you are very, very ordinary...a typical college professor who has never had a real job in his life, and whose paychecks have always been confiscated from people who work for their money.


28 posted on 12/31/2009 4:32:31 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: TigerLikesRooster

And yet the term “shovel ready” almost perfectly describes the BS that the Obama administration constantly emits...


29 posted on 12/31/2009 4:34:12 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Tom_Busch

No “let me be clear” is the new drinking game and most are drunk before the end of any speech he makes.


30 posted on 12/31/2009 5:37:56 AM PST by packrat35 (Democrat Healthcare is a 9-11 Attack on the Constitution)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
re: shovel-ready

When I think of this term my only thought is of a grave.

31 posted on 12/31/2009 5:53:12 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Killed because of the nexus between the term “shovel ready” and the death panels of Obamacare

You missed the death of "Obama-prefix anything". As they said..."Obamanough already."

Go to www.lssu.edu for the complete list.

32 posted on 12/31/2009 8:33:17 AM PST by Fredgoblu
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Well that’s unprecedented.


33 posted on 12/31/2009 8:38:24 AM PST by OKSooner ("He's quite mad, you know." - James Bond to P. Galore in "Goldfinger".)
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To: gunnyg

Hark! Are we going to start hearing the ghost of Mrs. Mitchell? By any chance did Michelle call in the wee of the night? I can’t stand the guy’s policies but I have nothing against him personally. Doesth that make thee a racist? You know what this REALLY tells me? I think they’re having a lousy vacation in Hawaii!


34 posted on 01/01/2010 9:18:58 PM PST by Nodems2000 (Beheadngs are better says atlanta holy man)
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To: gunnyg

Hark! Are we going to start hearing the ghost of Mrs. Mitchell? By any chance did Michelle call in the wee of the night? I can’t stand the guy’s policies but I have nothing against him personally. Doesth that make thee a racist? You know what this REALLY tells me? I think they’re having a lousy vacation in Hawaii!


35 posted on 01/01/2010 9:19:02 PM PST by Nodems2000 (Beheadngs are better says atlanta holy man)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Clever! :^)


36 posted on 01/01/2010 9:21:09 PM PST by eyedigress ( now.)
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To: packrat35

“the previous administration” must also be added. Keep in mind this one doesn’t do a damn thing but attack us.


37 posted on 01/01/2010 9:23:33 PM PST by eyedigress ( now.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I thought “shovel ready” was killed when the phrase was used jokingly to describe the freshly dead Teddy Kennedy a few months ago.


38 posted on 01/01/2010 9:27:25 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: OKSooner

Look we all know she wishes she never had to go back to D.C. and be locked up in that White House prison. Her life must be hell in there and I’m not sure either one of them can hold up psychologically another three years. They were expecting all fun and games. That’s because he never had a job and no clue what the presidency of the USA meant. I doubt she’ll let him go for a second term and I doubt he would want it either. They are living a life in that place they never expected. And to call us racists over and over - no Mrs Obama, we are not racists and we’re not socialists either and THAT’S the problem. If she can’t figure that out with her Harvard education, she has no business being there.


39 posted on 01/01/2010 9:30:18 PM PST by Nodems2000 (Beheadngs are better says atlanta holy man)
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To: Vaduz
Every time you hear him say “Let me be clear",it means he is about to spin something.

Precisely. It's like when somebody says, "To be honest with you...". You have to wonder, what?... you weren't honest with me before??

40 posted on 01/01/2010 9:30:40 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: TigerLikesRooster

You have to be shovel-ready around Obama, to dig yourself out of the mountains of BS that he spews.


41 posted on 01/01/2010 9:31:06 PM PST by Rocky (Obama's ego: The "I's" have it.)
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To: Nodems2000

And as good old Harry Truman said “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”. It was Harry, wasn’t it?


42 posted on 01/01/2010 9:32:28 PM PST by Nodems2000 (Beheadngs are better says atlanta holy man)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“(Obama killed “shovel ready”?)”
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Hell!

There’s a whole sh!tpot of words I try not to even use any more, since “they’ve” basterdized the King’s English—probably chied among them—for me—is “share”!

Semper American
Dick G
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43 posted on 01/02/2010 7:55:41 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
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