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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Kerryisms

Slate has started a "Kerryism of the Day" feature to match its famed Bushisms. William Saletan writes:

Since 2000, Slate has poked fun at George W. Bush for his torture--some say it's merely abuse--of the English language. Our "Bushisms" collection captures (as Editor Jacob Weisberg explains in his latest volume) the president's ignorance, incuriosity, laziness, and thoughtlessness expressed in frequent gaffes. Now that Democrats have settled on a presumptive presidential nominee, it's time to cast an equally cold eye on the pomposity and evasiveness of John Kerry.

Saletan's words, not mine, OK? The feature boils a quote from Kerry down to what it really means, without all of the "caveats and pointless embellishments," which are available in footnotes and as a sidebar page. After reading the sidebar you can click on "return to English version."

I'm officially anti-Kerry bashing, though I suppose it's good to see Slate is being even-handed in mocking the presidential candidates. God knows they both can be mocked, and in such different ways too.