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Mark Twain Censored – Follow-Up

More on that subject – including a discussion – can be found in the New York Times.

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Chinglish

China verbannt den Gebrauch von Wörtern und Abkürzungen ausländischen Ursprungs sowie Mischformen aus Englisch und Chinesisch [“Chinglish”] aus schriftlichen Publikationen, auch im Internet, weikl diese die Reinheit der chinesischen Sprache beeinträchtigen, wie u.a. die BBC berichtet. Eine Kurzfassung dieser Meldung findet sich im Slate Magazine.

Kommt mir irgendwie bekannt vor. Hatten wir das nicht schon einmal in unserer “tausendjährigen” Geschichte? Dieses unseelige Bestreben nach der Reinheit der deutschen Sprache – ach, wenn es nur das gewesen wäre – das uns “Kraftbrühe” statt “Bouillon” bescherte, und die – satirische – Umformung von “Explosionsmotor” [ein ganz normaler Benzinmotor] ind “Zerknalltreibling”.

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the president’s mustachioed message maven

That’s what the New York Times had recently called  David Axelrod, the president’s chief adviser.

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Barack Whisperer

nickname given to Barack Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs

found in: The Washington Post

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Newsheimer’s Disease

When a politician pretends he didn’t read a certain newspaper so as to avoid to have to comment on it.

Found in: The Chicago Tribune

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Caribou Barbie

This is, what, according to Maureen Dowd in the New York Times, critics call Sarah Palin. In the same article, she also refers to her as “Valentino Barbie” and “Eliza Doolittle“, but stresses that “She [Sarah Palin] is so naturally good-looking, there is no need to gild the Last Frontier lily.”

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snipergate

Hillary Clinton’s “blunder” in retelling the story of her landing in Tuzla/Bosnia in 1996. Cf. The Washington Post

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Obamacans

a term coined by Democratic candidate Barack Obama denoting Republicans in favour of him, cf. The Los Angeles Times, “GOP renegades seeking a candidate capable of ending the Washington partisanship are surfacing in the senator’s campaign in surprising numbers. ‘Obamacans,’ he calls them.

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Tsunami Tuesday

What a name for Tuesday, February 5, when primaries/caucuses will be held in 20 states! I wonder if it will live up to that name. And to me it seems a bit strange to name such a day after a catastrophe. But then, politicians always are bound to exaggerate, aren’t they?

The trem was found in The Los Angeles Times.

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