'Pushing Back'

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Mon Jul 21 10:49:48 UTC 2008

I'm sure some of you have noticed the new catch-phrase
"pushing back" and variations on same.
I never cease to be amazed how quickly this type of thing
(think 'paradigm') move into then out of favor. 'Could be
described, I'd imagine, as 'evolving language usage on steroids.'

One 'pushing back' example, from today's LA Times headlines
A battle over 'the next war'
By Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel
Many military officers are pushing back against Defense Secretary Gates'
focus on preparing for more 'asymmetric' fighting rather than for a large,
conventional conflict.


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