Most Notable Quotations of 2008

William Salmon william.salmon at YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 10 19:24:41 UTC 2008

Here's another potentially good quote to come out of this situation,
said by Jesse Jackson Jr:

"It is impossible for someone on my behalf to have a conversation that
would suggest any type of quid pro quo or any payments or offers,"
Jackson told ABC News. *"An impossibility to an absolute certainty."*


>> Grant is an expert, so he needs to proceed cautiously.  I'm under no =
>> such constraint.
>> =20
>> 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.
>> =20
>> G.=20
>> ________________________________
>> 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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