Daily Kos: I Know Who's blabbing to the Washington Post

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I Know Who's Talking to the Washington Post
by Dr Tom More [Subscribe]
Sun Aug 14th, 2005 at 00:51:34 CDT

I try to keep a fairly close eye on the emergence of boilerplate, new clichés, or verbal tics like when "impacted" came to mean "had an impact on," or when everyone suddenly started saying "make no mistake" or "at the end of the day."

It's possible that I've just missed this one, but something struck me about the WaPo story that quoted the "senior official involved in policy since the 2003 invasion." Has the verb "absorb" in a transfigurative sense become one of these "dynamic" buzz words, or is it a verbal peculiarity of one man in particular?

WaPo, August 14, 2005:

"What we expected to achieve was never realistic given the timetable or what unfolded on the ground," said a senior official involved in policy since the 2003 invasion. "We are in a process of absorbing the factors of the situation we're in and shedding the unreality that dominated at the beginning."

Press Briefing, August 9, 2002:

One is, the Soviet Union was a nuclear power, as were we, and we developed a way to deter each other and dissuade each other from -- we persuaded the Soviet Union that they could not endlessly expand their empire by absorbing other countries.

Lehrer News Hour, PBS, September 18, 2002:

And as one looks at the world and sees this new security environment and sees the nexus between weapons of mass destruction, terrorist states and terrorist networks and reflects on last September 11, reflects on our vulnerability as free people and how many people can come into our country and do things in our country and how available today biological weapons and chemical weapons and indeed elements of nuclear weapons are today, what one would say is that if we want to live in a more peaceful world, if we want to avoid that kind of a catastrophe, our country has to recognize that new security and recognize that absorbing that blow, waiting for it and absorbing it and then having the investigation afterward is not a preferred option.

Daily Kos: I Know Who's Talking to the Washington Post


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