Sep 21, 2008

Words, words, words

"Well, it was an unfair attack on the verbiage that Senator McCain chose to use. The fundamentals that he was having to explain afterwards, he means the work force, he means ingenuity of the American people. And of course, that is strong, that is the foundation of our economy. So that was an unfair attack based on verbiage that John McCain used. Certainly, it is a mess, though." — Sarah Palin, Fox News

What can she mean? I'm assuming she means "verbiage" — wordiness — but whose? Obama's or McCain's? "An unfair attack on the verbage": that seems to suggest it was McCain she considers verbose. "An unfair attack based on verbage" could imply the verbosity was Obama's, i.e. "His attack was mere wordplay." The answer is of course, that she has no clue what the word means. Not that I'm attacking her verbage....

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