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#14690 - 01/05/01 11:20 AM New(s) words
Bobyoungbalt Offline
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To celebrate my promotion this morning from Journeyman and my reception as Member (I feel like Tamino after having passed though the ordeals by earth, air, fire & water and being received in the court of wisdom and benevolence), I want to address what I perceive as a significant trend, at least in these parts.

We all have our eye out for neologisms and are all ready to either pounce on them and devour their perpetrators, or to put them in the cyberstocks and hold them up to public ridicule (or as public as this site gets). It seems to me that the chief villains are radio/TV newscasters, and especially those who cover politics. And I'm not referring to lowbrow types, but those you hear on National Public Radio (for the benefit of outlanders, a highbrow radio service catering to the elite, or the effete snobs, or the pointy-headed intellectuals, or whatever you consider them) or better-than-average TV shows. In the last 24 hours, I have heard: a) "A number of Congressional committee chairmen have been termlimited and will be replaced"; b) "While both the Clintons will continue to have a strong presence in Washington, Al Gore has been de-looped." This doesn't count what may be mere misspeakings, such as the commentator I heard yesterday who used causality when he should have used cause. The news boys (the women don't seem to do it) appear to love an opportunity to coin a new and colorful word. While I love an apposite original expression as well as the next linguaphile, I shall continue to invigilate the airwaves and issue alarums. Trust you all will too.


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#14691 - 01/05/01 02:38 PM Re: New(s) words
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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Al Gore has been de-looped

Aaargh!! Angels and ministers of grace, defend us!


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#14692 - 01/05/01 03:08 PM Re: New(s) words
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It may just mean that the Clinton administration thought he was loopy in the first place and have belatedly corrected that sad state of affairs.

They may send him to Palestine to act as a firing-loopy.

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#14693 - 01/05/01 03:20 PM Re: New(s) words
Father Steve Offline
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I feel like Tamino ...

Are you suggesting that getting to your present exalted status is like having your lips padlocked shut and being flogged?


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#14694 - 01/05/01 03:53 PM Re: New(s) words
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Bob's probably just tooting his own Flute.

(I kinda like "de-looped," by the way. Wonder if our Kiwi counterparts really understand what it means?)


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#14695 - 01/05/01 04:06 PM Re: New(s) words
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I would fondly imagine it means that Gore's been cut out of the loop, i.e. is not kept informed of what's going on and isn't consulted. Effectively, he's gone already but just hasn't left yet.

Not a strictly American term any more, Anna ...

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#14696 - 01/05/01 04:13 PM Re: New(s) words
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Anna's right, CK, you don't really understand. maybe we should leave it for Jackie to 'splain when she gets back from inside the Beltway? she'll be wanting to get to the higher ground, now that someone else has blazed the trail.


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#14697 - 01/05/01 04:17 PM Re: New(s) words
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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Anna's right, CK, you don't really understand. maybe we should leave it for Jackie to 'splain when she gets back from inside the Beltway?


Thank you tsuwm. Your reply seems to confirm my suspicion that "de-looped" referes to being cut out of the loop, with an added reference to DC geography, both physical and political. The Beltway came to mind for me as soon as I read Bob's post, but that doesn't make the term any less ugly, IMO.


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#14698 - 01/05/01 04:20 PM Re: New(s) words
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tsuwm, VETERAN ?????? what'd I miss?

(and CapK, Jackie or no Jackie, you almost got it... )


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#14699 - 01/05/01 04:22 PM Re: New(s) words
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>but that doesn't make the term any less ugly, IMO.

::nodding head emphatically::


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