Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 10 12:50:29 UTC 2011

Good one.

Has largely replaced "Bingo!"


On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 4:06 AM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
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> Subject:      Boom!
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> Since JL started that long thread on recent catch phrases, I thought I'd
> add another one.
>  From Politico (as quoted by Kevin Drum):
>> “And then,” Norquist said, “he went down on the floor, and he gave a
>> colloquy about how we’re against any tax increases of any sort. Boom!”
> This "Boom!" has seen increased frequency in the last couple of years.
> It's the rhetorical equivalent of "THAT'S what I am talking about!" or
> "There you have it!".
> I suppose, I could be falling for a recency illusion, but I don't think
> so--the common use of "Boom!" is quite different--usually "something
> happens", with a reference to an high-impact event.
> What's odd about it here is the source--I did not expect this kind of
> street talk from Grover Norquist. Perhaps he's trying to be hip. Or
> maybe I'm totally unhip.
> BTW, "Boom!" was one of my sons' first articulable word. He would drop
> on his butt from standing position, then look at me and say, "Boom!"
> There might have been semantic content in his earlier chortling, but
> this one was clear, deliberate and repeatable. That was almost 9 years ago.
> VS-)
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