Saturday, January 14, 2006

One Heck Of A Post

You may have noticed that George Bush has a heck of a time avoiding the word heck in his speeches. Brownie doing a heck of a good job? Yeah, you know the drill.

A Rutgers professor of media an politics and a specialist in political language says it's a way to be a common person "and it may be who he is."

Sounds about right.

Also sounds pretty sad. How decidedly American - specifically Western American - to be proud of being ill-spoken, plain, and only sufficiently educated. I hope in my upcoming travels to investigate whether other countries have such an aversion to displays of intelligence.

And by the way, "specialist in political language?" Is that a job? Can I have it? Of course, I studied under one of those, I suppose, though I don't know if he's been labeled as such. Handy knowledge base for sure. Here, buy his book and you can know more about political language as well.


Anonymous said...

I can't stand the sound of GW Bush's voice or his mispronunciations, but why the unnecessary attack on people who use the word heck? It's just a euphemism.

Would a person be less ill-spoken, plain or insufficiently educated if they didn't use euphemism? I think not.

The use of words like heck, darn and fricken’ is good; and knowing how and when to use them in place of their alternatives is considered intelligent use.

Lighten up a little.

Anonymous said...

He doesn't use it just as a euphemism infrequently.

He uses it as part of his overall persona of pay-no-attention-to-that-trust-fund behind the curtain.

You lighten up.