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Oct. 16th, 2008

I have a very petty mini-rant.

I'm sick of politicians and pundits using sports euphemisms. Don’t know why it’s a sudden pet peeve. The crowning moment was when, after last night's debate, Pat Robertson tried to make a boxing analogy, and referred to the “match” going 15 rounds.

Its been about 20 years since boxing matches went 15 rounds. If you’re going to use a sports analogy, get it right.

See? I told you it was petty.

Also, everyone needs to stop using ‘fundamentals’, including Obama. Utilize a thesaurus, people. Its like a plague of repetition. I'm developing a facial tic.


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Oct. 16th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
everyone needs to stop using ‘fundamentals’

i think everyone should keep using the word because i clearly know what a fundament is and they don't.
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I am very sick of those too -- for me it's because I don't know anything about sports and have a visceral "flight" reaction to sports terminology after a childhood of traumatic gym classes. When people say "It's time to take off the gloves" I think it means "Oh good, they're not going to fight anymore...they're going to take off their gloves. Maybe they're going to sit down and have tea and chat."

I had NO IDEA that "take off the gloves" meant to get more vicious. I still don't think I understand it! And as for innings, rounds...I have no idea what any of it means.

Other words I hate include "folks" -- I'd like us to go back to calling each other "people". I don't think of myself as "folks."
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
They could at least use INTERESTING sports analogies. I mean, if somebody pulled out the hockey terminology, we'd KNOW the ads were getting nasty and bloody. Compare the crowds at the Republican rallies to "a crowd of British football fans" and you'd have a vivid image of exactly how much you don't want to be in the middle of it. But these are so DULL!
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
I have that same facial tic. "Fundamental Difference" is a phrase that should be linked to some sort of electro-ether-shock-aversion therapy for those two. ;p
Oct. 16th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
not so much words for me - but all that fucking beady eyed blinking & smarmy grin on McCain's face just made me want to grab that ol' turkey neck & twist til I heard a snap.
Oct. 17th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Perhaps they need Joe the Plumber to show them some fundamentals...


...or was that Joe Six Pack?
Oct. 17th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)

Hey hunny! How's the house coming along?! =D
Oct. 17th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Hee :)

Suffice it to say that it's intrinsically creepy enough that we're not going to any effort to decorate for our Halloween party.

We've got a little bit of a garden starting to happen (growing my own wormwood) and things are getting cleaned up. We have almost a decade of abuse and neglect to correct (not to mention 120 years of age to care for) so it's going to be a while.
How's the married life you you two? We just booked our cabins on the Goth Cruise for the start of our honeymoon...only 5 more weeks *squeeeee*
Oct. 17th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
After the first debate, PBS interviewed Jim Carvel (Bill Clinton's political consultant). He said it is important to keep the debate and the message to just a few ideas. You say the same thing over and over. That is why Obama is so focused on the economy.

I'm thinking if Robertson wants to get his message out, he would have to say it over and over. There is also weight in the idea that if you say something long enough, often enough, etc. is will become truth and he's good at that.

Oh, I agree with you. I don't even like sports so the sports thing is lost on me.
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