Most Notable Quotations of 2012?

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Nov 20 15:45:07 UTC 2012

On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM, Baker, John <JBAKER at> wrote:
> Ben Bernanke:  "Under current law, on January 1, 2013, there's going to be a
> massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases."  According to
> Paul Waldman,,
> this was the first use of "fiscal cliff" to refer to what Wonkblog more
> accurately calls the austerity crisis.

Speaking of which:

> Rick Perry:  "Oops."  Unfortunately, the full quote is so inarticulate (which
> is sort of the point) that it isn't very quotable.

...except it's from 2011. (It was #5 on Fred's list last year.)


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