Sunday, January 01, 2006

Finally, a translator...

Katrina Vanden Heuvel, one of the editors of The Nation magazine, recently wrote this article about the Republican party's use of doublespeak. Readers of the magazine submitted their own mock translations of some popular buzz phrases. A few of my favorites:

bankruptcy n. A punishable crime when committed by poor people but not corporations

class warfare n. Any attempt to raise the minimum wage

honesty n. Lies told in simple declarative sentences--e.g., "Freedom is on the march"

laziness n. When the poor are not working

leisure time n. When the wealthy are not working
On a note related to the "class warfare" definition, I came across a post by Molly Ivins on AlterNet entitled Stupidity, Survived that discusses the tired old idea that the minimum wage might not be high enough. Geez, when will those stinking liberals stop trying to give handouts to people that simply aren't working hard enough?


Anonymous Mark said...

So are you two fully indoctrinated members of the Democrat party or are you still allowed to think for yourselves? In other words, is everything the Democrats say right and everything Republicans say wrong or are you more flexible than that? I only ask because from the writing evidenced on this blog so far I think I could figure out your stance on any issue without having to actually hear it from you and that's going to make a pretty boring blog.

January 05, 2006 2:40 PM  
Blogger J said...

Hell no, the Democrats aren't right all the time. Frankly, I'm disgusted with both parties in a lot of ways. Hopefully we won't be totally predictable on all the issues. Thanks for getting the comments started.

January 05, 2006 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Glad to hear it. Should be fun!

January 05, 2006 10:08 PM  

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