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  •  Hmmm.. outlawed phrases. (8+ / 0-)

    Maybe words and phrases we'd like to never hear again?

    A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.

    by Purple Priestess on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 05:24:12 PM PST

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    •  "Passion" (7+ / 0-)

      should be used only in connection with human sexuality, Christian theology, and tropical fruit. Under no circumstances should it be employed in the context of corporate slogans or mission statements.

      Plangentarchy: dictatorship of the whiners

      by Perry the Imp on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 05:32:29 PM PST

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      •  How about using "Passion" as a substitute (1+ / 0-)
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        Purple Priestess

        ...for the deprecated "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques"?  "Passion" in the Joan of Arc sense certainly fits!

        Personally, I don't have a problem with "passion" used for any activity where you are so obsessed it hurts.  But it has to hurt, or it's not proper passion.

        Big Joe Helton: "I pay Plenty."
        Chico Marx: "Well, then we're Plenty Tough."

        by Caelian on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 06:18:45 PM PST

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    •  Here's Another Idea, PP (8+ / 0-)

      ... for a future diary, courtesy of Shakespeare and one that I used in a diary about two years ago -- Aristotle, Shakespeare, and Dickens Set Free in China.

      It's chock-full of phrases.

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      On Quoting Shakespeare

      If you cannot understand my argument, and declare "It's Greek to me," you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger; if your wish is farther to the thought; if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fool's paradise -- why, be that as it may, the more fool you, for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting Shakespeare; if you think it is early days and clear out bag and baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you lie low till the crack of doom because you suspect foul play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then -- to give the devil his due -- if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are quoting Shakespeare; even if you bid me good riddance and send me packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then - by Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! For goodness' sake! What the dickens! But me no buts! - it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare.

      Bernard Levin.  From The Story of English.  Robert McCrum, William Cran and Robert MacNeil.  

    •  Any of the mangling done by... (3+ / 0-)

      chimpy mc clusterfuck should be stricken. I swear to FSM the clown must have been drunk or high most of the time.

      (PP, I'd love to post this --and your future efforts-- to my own pitiful blog for my older ESL students. Permission?)

      The last thing I remember, I was running for the door...

      by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 07:09:40 PM PST

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