Most Notable Quotations of 2008

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 10 15:30:33 UTC 2008

I agree with Gerald. I knew that Illinois had a governor, but I didn't
know his name. Professional newsreaders don't even know how to
pronounce his name, apparently. They've been calling him "blah
GOYyevich." The FBI calls him "blag@ YAYvich." Even when I lived in
Saint Louis and partied in East Saint Louis, I never knew the name of
any governor of Illinois other than Adlai Stevenson. OTOH, I've always
known who the ruling lord mayor of Chicago and baron of Cook County

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 10:04 AM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at> wrote:
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> Grant is an expert, so he needs to proceed cautiously.  I'm under no =
> such constraint.
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> Prediction:  It does not have legs.  It will be frequently quoted, but =
> the expletives prevent it's being quoted in full, and that will hamper =
> its longevity.   Besides, I don't think Blagojevich is all that =
> important.  Yes, I know he's the governor, but still, he's just not that =
> important.
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> Original message from Grant Barrett,  Wed 12/10/2008 7:18 AM:
> On Dec 10, 2008, at 07:53, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
>> I need a quick read on whether this one is likely to have legs.  Any
>> opinions?  Grant, what is your judgment as an authority on political
>> languae?
> I long since stopped trying to make serious prognostications about
> language. I'm the guy who thought "podcast" was a loser.
> What I do know is that "of the year" lists tend to be over-colored by
> things happening at the end of the year, so it's best to look at late-
> occurring entries with more skepticism than entries from, say, February.
> I say wait ten years and let's see.
> Grant Barrett
> gbarrett at
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