In the Columbia Journalism Review, Richard Morgan furnishes a guide to the euphemistic language of newspaperspeak. Some examples:
Controversial: not centrist
Mob: lots of nonwhites
Throng: lots of whites
Trend: three examples
Anecdotal evidence: not even three examples
A colleague asks, “Is it bald-faced lie or bold-faced lie?”
Bald-faced lie is the traditional phrase, bald-faced meaning the same as bare-faced — “shameless, impudent, audacious.” But there’s also an adjective bold-faced: “impudent, brazen.” So if a person wanted to say bold-faced lie, he could probably get by with it.
George Russell writes that while growing up in the Ozarks, “I often heard the phrase ‘pee turkey’ or maybe ‘pea turkey.’ It was used as a comment when someone left after a vigorous conversation that had not gone the departee’s way, as in ‘He left without saying pee turkey.’ Another use was when someone left without the host’s knowledge, again ‘He left without saying pee turkey.’ The other usage and by far the most prevalent was as an oath when something went wrong, such as when my grandfather split a board he was nailing, he would say ‘Pee turkey on that,’ or just plain ‘Well, pee turkey.’ I have researched a few historical-type periodicals and read some of Vance Randolph’s publications, but have not been able to find the correct spelling, the derivation or any real mention.”
I couldn’t do much better, although I did find a listing for pea-turkey, with and without a hyphen, in the Dictionary of American Regional English. DARE says the expression is “chiefly Southern” and means “Not to say (or hear) a single word,” or “Not to know the simplest thing; be absolutely ignorant.” He don’t know pea turkey. There’s nothing about the origin, though.
Wake Forest basketball coach Skip Prosser: “Their offense was exponentially better than our defense, hence the score of the game.” Exponentially? Hence? If the coaches at Wake talk this way, what do the English professors sound like?
Little Rock will next week host a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems led by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change.
Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.
So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
I am frustrated and angry with those who claim the only chance of future success is for the Democratic Party, especially in the South and Midwest, to abandon speaking directly to women and people of color and the LGBT community and instead focus on the economy and other "more comfortable" topics in order to win back some of the center.