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Monday, January 08, 2007

top 10 bushisms of 2006

(CNN) -- A Web site that analyzes and catalogues language usage has issued its top Bushisms for 2006, with "I use the Google" and "I'm the decider" among them.

Language observers nominated the entries and then ranked them, aided by the Global Language Monitor's predictive-quantities indicator, an algorithm that tracks words and phrases in the print and electronic media and on the Internet.

Here they are:

1. "I'm the Decider." "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense." April 18, in response to a question from CNN's Ed Henry.

2. "I use The Google," in reference to the popular search engine. October 24th. Interview with Maria Bartiromo of CNBC.

3. "It was not always certain that the U.S. and America would have a close relationship." June 29.

4. "I've got an ek-a-lec-tic reading list." August 29 interview with NBC's Brian Williams.

5. "The only way we can win is to leave before the job is done." Nov. 24 (Greely, Colo.)

6. "Stay the course." On numerous occasions.

7. "When the final history is written on Iraq, it will look just like a comma." Sept. 24. Interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

8. "The Congress was right to renew the Terrorist Act." In reference to the Patriot Act. Sept. 7 (Washington)

9. "I want to be a war president; no president wants to be a war president." Oct. 26. (Des Moines)

10. "The fiscal year that ended on February the 30th." The government fiscal year ends Sept. 30; Oct. 11 (Washington)

"With fewer than twenty-four months remaining in the Bush presidency, word watchers worldwide are in a mad scramble to find a substitute for the near weekly faux pas presented by the president," said Paul JJ Payack, president of the Global Language Monitor, which is based in San Diego, California.

1 comment:

Mustang Betsy said...

Love these Bushisms. My favorite is listed as #1 - I'm the decider. Can you imagine being his speech writer? Having a love of words and what they express and being saddled with this yokel. He massacres everything. I'm watching his address right now - he is so not a public speaker. Unnatural. Yeeck.