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Here´s An Idea: Talk Like
Normal Human Beings

PowerLine, by Steven Hayward

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 7/1/2014 1:23:15 PM

One of the first things you notice when you move to Washington DC from the rest of America is how the specialized vocabulary of the Beltway dominates everyday conversation. Washington is the only place I know of where you can have complete conversations conducted almost wholly in acronyms and seemingly plain terms not used elsewhere: “I’ll be sending out an RFP for the OMB’s reverse markup of the omnibus stopgap DQA appropriation for the EPA’s CAA double topspin rejection of the CR.” (Perhaps there’s a little of this on Wall Street and in Hollywood, but those industries are situated within

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This really is good! The Washington-speak is extremely annoying. I completely agree with Hayward in his additions to the list: "My good friend" and "At the end of the day." The latter one just gets on my last nerve and once I started noticing it all of these pundits constantly use that annoying statement. Ed Rollins just did it about three times on Fox. That usually means you have nothing meaningful to say and you have to use filler words.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 7/1/2014 1:32:07 PM     (No. 9907129)

It is very difficult for the average person to go to war with the VA over SBP and DIC and wind up requesting an audit from DFAS.
When this all started, I was a novice and could hardly follow what was required of me. I spent hours learning their language.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/1/2014 2:55:31 PM     (No. 9907236)

one of my button pushers is "that being said".

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Reply 3 - Posted by: nerdowell, 7/1/2014 2:57:39 PM     (No. 9907238)

A smart man once noted: "they should change the old Lutheran hymn to say ´A mighty fortress is our gobbledygook.´"

The intent is to insulate insiders from scrutiny and competition and cloak their (usually nefarious) intentions.

Most of what we call education is teaching this crap to aspiring novices,such a waste of time and energy.

I try to halt the verbal spigot spewing this mess and ask them to define their terms. Don´t be afraid to look stupid; they always know who they´re dealing with.






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Reply 4 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/1/2014 3:10:35 PM     (No. 9907250)

Beltway-speak is hallucinatory ergot argot intended to insulate politicians and bureaucrats from the people they allegedly serve so they can serve themselves while faking profundity and wisdom. If a meteor squashed that town the Nation would probably be a better place to live.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Penney, 7/1/2014 4:21:15 PM     (No. 9907332)

Also, npr has the most annoying news readers in all of broadcasting. However, that sorta matches their biased lefty news spin so there is a certain symmetry in play there. s/

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Peach1, 7/1/2014 5:13:32 PM     (No. 9907396)

I think every politician should switch lives with we normal people for at least two weeks

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