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Old 04-03-07, 03:41 PM
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Bush enhances the English language again: "suiciders" and "air traffickers"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlates...529825,00.html



"In other words, suiciders are willing to kill innocent life in order to
send the projection that this is an impossible mission."

"That's why I've got a Homeland Security Department. That's why we are, you
know, inconveniencing air traffickers, to make sure nobody is carrying
weapons on airplanes."
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Old 04-03-07, 03:51 PM
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Hey, if you're such a stickler for vocabulary, just be thankful that Kerry didn't win. His way of pronouncing words is worse than Bush!!! (ex: "idea" is pronounced "eye-dee-uh". Kerry pronounces it "a-deer".)
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Old 04-03-07, 03:57 PM
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Not that I care that much, but there's a difference between idiosyncratic pronunciation and simply making up new words. But please, don't let me stop you from using the tired old "well, you're guy's even worse!" excuse.
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Who cares anymore? Seriously? In two years we'll have some other (D)umbass to make fun of.
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Ya know, even the most ardent supporter of the President should openly admit that he absolutely mangles the English language. There's no real need to jump to his defense -- there are literally hundreds of examples of Bush garbling even the most basic words and phrases.
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I prefer to think of it as embiggening the English language.
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Originally Posted by jdodd
I prefer to think of it as embiggening the English language.
[obligatory]It's a perfectly cromulent word.[/obligatory]
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I agree Bush's command of the english language is questionable at times, but I don't think these are the best examples. Suiciders seems like a reasonable abbreviation of suicide bombers and almost like something anyone could have come up w/ considering how lazy we are as a people when it comes to our language and trying to get across a concept w/ the fewest words possible Overall you have to admit it's better than homicide bomers, or homiciders


I'm not sure what the criticism of the 2nd phrase is either... I mean he's stumbling over it (which is par for the course) but if it's that "air traffickers" is another made up Bushism you're wrong. Just google it and there's plenty of people out there who have used it (both to describe illegal purposes as well as a short hand way of saying air traffic controllers). Here's an example from '95...

http://www.fas.org/irp/news/1995/36300855-36305344.htm
Air traffickers have shifted from landing and offloading in the United States to conducting airdrops at transshipment areas," he said.

Here's one from AI (hardly known for their support of Bush/Bushism)...
http://web.amnesty.org/web/ttt.nsf/June2001/arms_flyers
Most private air traffickers of arms in Africa appear to have been operators from Europe that have moved into Africa.
Here's an example of air traffic controllers...
http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server?...utFormat=print
. We are all qualified as military ‘air traffickers’ and can provide control to fixed and rotary wing aircraft both at sea and ashore in control towers at Royal Naval Air Stations and RAF bases around the UK.
Now whether that's really the most appropriate word for the concept he's trying to get across that's another story. If that's the criticism then have it...

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I believe being critical of Bush on his use of the language is more important than being critical of him on the issues of our time.

Folks - be critical of Bush on things that really matter - like taxes. Oh, I forgot. Many of those that are critical of Bush use of the English language like his tax policies. They don't jump on him when he tries to 'reform' Social Security either.

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who cares

why does this even matter

George Bush isnt exactly the only politician to mispronounce words or mess of verbally. You can find something on everyone
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Well, when it comes to traffickers, I think of human and drug traffickers. I don't think saying 'air traffickers' is proper because its meaning can be confusing. Are people trafficking AIR or are they air traffic controllers? Even the AI and Royal Navy examples seem contradictory.
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Originally Posted by IMRICKJAMES
who cares

why does this even matter

George Bush isnt exactly the only politician to mispronounce words or mess of verbally. You can find something on everyone
If you think it doesn't matter that the leader of the free world can't complete a sentence, you have lower standards than I.
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Originally Posted by cungar
If you think it doesn't matter that the leader of the free world can't complete a sentence, you have lower standards than I.
That would matter, but that isn't the situation, is it?
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Some people are Nazier in their grammer than I am, I guess.
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Originally Posted by cungar
If you think it doesn't matter that the leader of the free world can't complete a sentence, you have lower standards than I.
ok, yeah, Bush can't complete a sentence. Being a little dramatic aren't we

Press conferences

State of the Union address

Interviews

etc etc

never completed a sentence? ok
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Originally Posted by Ranger
Well, when it comes to traffickers, I think of human and drug traffickers. I don't think saying 'air traffickers' is proper because its meaning can be confusing. Are people trafficking AIR or are they air traffic controllers? Even the AI and Royal Navy examples seem contradictory.
Seems to be a well established word in the sense of those who "traffic" goods by air. At least it made sense to me/thought I had heard it somewhere before. Each to their own I guess though.
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Originally Posted by nemein
Seems to be a well established word in the sense of those who "traffic" goods by air. At least it made sense to me/thought I had heard it somewhere before. Each to their own I guess though.
Never heard of it before.

I'm sure it's used sometimes in other countries, but I think it's clearly an ambiguous expression which is why it's not used in this country.
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Originally Posted by Ranger
Are people trafficking AIR
Maybe Bush had just finished watching Spaceballs.
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Originally Posted by IMRICKJAMES
ok, yeah, Bush can't complete a sentence. Being a little dramatic aren't we

Press conferences

State of the Union address

Interviews

etc etc

never completed a sentence? ok
To be fair, you probably shouldn't include the times when he's reading from a teleprompter.
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Don't people get all pissed off when a rap star or athlete speaks "ebonics" or whatever? Isn't Bush just doing the same thing?

I think that as the Leader of the Free World, one should be a fairly good speaker or at least make more sense that the President usually does. He's should be setting an example for kids across the US.....not writing the lyrics to some shitty country song.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
[obligatory]It's a perfectly cromulent word.[/obligatory]
I was just waiting for someone to say that
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He meant to say "air travelers" but he has a problem with speaking.

He didn't mean to say "traffickers."

He's a complete embarrassment, but at least he'll be gone in less than 2 years.
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Originally Posted by Nutter
To be fair, you probably shouldn't include the times when he's reading from a teleprompter.
Or lying through his teeth...
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He meant to say "air travelers" but he has a problem with speaking.
Now that makes sense but also makes the 'air trafficker' expression even more ambiguous and wrong.
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