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Spinspeak alert: Additions to the Fancy Cliché Dustbin

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Few verbalisms get moth-eaten faster than the self-proclaimed
congratulatory phrase.

Here are two:

Smartest person in the room = This once was Thomas Jefferson.
Now it’s someone who sits around looking superior while saying NOTHING of detailed

Only adult in the room = Maybe George Washington or Benjamin
Franklin, not the guy with the smartass smirk who waits to agree to whatever is


The Spin Comes Up Like Thunder Out of China ‘Cross the Bay*

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Spinmeisters of the world take note: China really knows how to do it the easy way.

Why spend your life contorting and polluting language when all you have to do is label it “forbidden speech such as profanity” and essentially tell users to “move on,” the favorite advise of so many Washington spindocs?

As widely reported, that’s the message you receive when you enter words such as “democracy.” “freedom,” and “human rights” in Microsoft’s new Chinese online blog service.

Who could possibly object to a crackdown on the use of profanity?

Microsoft simply deadpans: “MSN abides by the laws, regulations and norms of each country in which it operates.” Apparently Chinese “laws, regulations and norms” are really tough when it comes to profane language.

* Thanks to Rudyard Kipling who knew all about playing “the Great Game.”