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Posted: 10 September 2009 06:41 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Okay, technically it’s news, but I think it’s better here. smile

#1.  Notoriously language-challenged Mr Bush romped to the top accolade for his: “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

#2.  Second came bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-California governor Schwarzenegger, who during an election campaign in 2003 minted the puzzling: “I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.”

#3. Mr Rumsfeld, in February 2002: “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns: the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

# 4. Murray Walker, motor racing commentator: “The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.”

# 5. John Motson, football commentator: “For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are playing in yellow.”

# 6. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, explaining budget plans to lawmakers in July this year: “Total spending will continue to rise and it will be a zero per cent rise in 2013-14.”

# 7. Mr Clinton, in 1998 grand jury testimony about Monica Lewinsky: “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If ‘is’ means ‘is and never has been’ that’s one thing - if it means ‘there is none’, that was a completely true statement.”

# 8. Cantona, 1995: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”

# 9. Mr Bush, July 2001: “I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe - I believe what I believe is right.”

# 10. London mayor Boris Johnson, on British satirical game show Have I Got News for You in 2003: “I could not fail to disagree with you less.”

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Posted: 10 September 2009 08:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Technically, most of it is ‘old’, so it shouldn’t be in the News-section, the Jokes-section is indeed a better place.

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Posted: 10 September 2009 12:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Some of those do actually make sense

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Posted: 10 September 2009 02:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yeah, number 3 makes good sense to me, and is really the sort of thing that you’d want somebody in Rumsfeld’s job to realise.

And I don’t see anything strange at all about number 8.

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Posted: 10 September 2009 06:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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One of the sayings attributed to Socrates is “I am wise in that I know what I do not know.”

Several of the comments could have been phrased better, but the logic behind them is impeccable. (That’s what i LOVE about English.  There are SO many ways to say what one wants to say!) wink

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Posted: 10 September 2009 08:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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DavePrime - 10 September 2009 10:24 PM

(That’s what i LOVE about English.  There are SO many ways to say what one wants to say!) wink

And even more ways to say what you didn’t mean to say, in the most embarrassing way possible.  wink

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