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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Bushisms: can you correct the President?http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/blbushisms.htm

Grammar (and content?):
1. "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' George W. Bush, Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001
2. "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000
3. "I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. … He married a Texas girl. … A West Texas girl, just like me." Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004
4. "Let me put it to you bluntly. In a changing world, we want more people to have control over your own life." George W. Bush, Annandale, Va, Aug. 9, 2004
5. 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." George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 [Do we think about ways to harm our country?]
1. "They misunderestimated me." George W. Bush, Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000 [misunderstood? Underestimated?]
2. "See, without the tax relief package, there would have been a deficit, but there wouldn't have been the commiserate ?not 'commiserate' ?the kick to our economy that occurred as a result of the tax relief." Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2003 [commensurate (adj.), ex. ‘commensurate growth, commensurate rise/fall’ ‘Is Japan’s international role commensurate with its economic performance?’ / Commiserate with (v.)]
1. This very week in 1989, there were protests in East Berlin and in Leipzig. By the end of that year, every communist dictatorship in Central America had collapsed." George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Nov. 6, 2003
2. "We thought we were protected forever from trade policy or terrorist attacks because oceans protected us." George W. Bush, speaking to business leaders at APEC Summit, Santiago, Chile, Nov. 20, 2004 [A liberal trade policy allows a country’s residents to take part in international trade with the minimum of tariffs and interference. A strategic trade policy intends to influence the trade policy of other countries. Source: Oxford Dictionary of Economics]
3. Recession means that people's incomes, at the employer level, are going down, basically, relative to costs, people are getting laid off." Washington, D.C., Feb. 19, 2004 [During a recession, the economy begins to work at below its potential. Investment, output, employment, profits, commodity and share prices, and interest rates generally fall. Source: Ian MacKenzie: ‘English for Business Studies’ Unit 25 The business cycle p.145]