With the new importance of the Internet in the 2008 election and the expected millions of first-time voters, many of whom are young, there has never been a greater need for misinformation.
“The 2008 Election Lexicon” has been assembled to make available in one place a larger collection of unreliable and inaccurate facts relating to politics than can be found anywhere else, including the Washington Post and the New York Times.
First-time users of the lexicon should be aware that reliance on its content in making barroom bets can result in significant losses, for which the compilers cannot be responsible. Nevertheless,
(for which see below) say that voters who have the foresight to bring the lexicon to the polls as an Election Day aid will find it perfectly useless.
agent of change 1.
Title claimed by politicians when there is an uptick in the unemployment numbers.
A well-placed stick of dynamite.
A delicate voter whom politicians know they had best lie to.
Sometimes erroneously construed to be a call to end war as in “ANWAR NOW!” and also confused with Saeed Anwar (1968 – ), the Pakistani cricket player famous for “lifting a ball pitched outside off stump for six over midwicket.”
Acronym for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where a wide variety of boreal fauna live healthy, government-protected lives sustaining themselves on the many naturally occurring petroleum lakes in the region.
Aspiration is used when the speaker wishes to induce his listeners to gulp or experience gooseflesh. Example: “A vote for me brings us a step closer to realizing the aspirations of the American people.” Aspirational, a lofty word foreign to standard English, is also used with goose-fleshy intent, although it has no known meaning.
The hardcore, rule or ruin, snarling, spit-spewing fanatics who constitute the center of the two major political parties.
Betty Ford Clinic
Also known as the House of Absolution. When politicians are discovered having accepted a 200-foot yacht or a Maybach costing a half-million dollars or it is discovered that a politician has put a lover on the government payroll, the exposed official steps before the microphones with or without offended mate to explain that he or she was drunk or drugged at the time and has made plans to take the 5:30 flight to the Betty Ford Clinic for chemical, psychological and political rehabilitation. The Clinic does not expressly guarantee that a course of its expensive services will protect the patient or miscreant from a federal indictment, but the warranty is implied.
A public urinal.
an electronic bloviator.
An opinionated twit.
Coinage sometimes attributed to Warren G. Harding (1865-1923), ranked as worst President until recently. A verb meaning to speak pompously, to drone on, to be prolix, wordy or tedious. Also
, which is thought to endanger politicians’ health. “It’s those kinds of words, the kind they use in speeches. They have a fermenting effect on the brain. You can see it on television during the political broadcasts–the words come out of their mouths like bubbles of gas.” –Margaret Atwood