[Ads-l] "unforced errors", subclass political campaigning (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Tue Jul 19 14:23:35 UTC 2016


An early use in a political context:

_Xenia [OH] Daily Gazette_ 16 Sep 1977 p 4 col 4 [newspapers.com]
"Having got first into the Industrial Revolution we have suffered its problems longer and worse, as well as making unforced errors."

The author is British, FWIW

> On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 8:23 AM, Joel Berson wrote:
> > On MSNBC last night Steve Schmidt, a Republican "campaign strategist",
> > called missteps by the Trump campaign "unforced errors".
> >
> See my July 8 Wall St. Journal column on the transfer of "unforced errors"
> from tennis to politics.
> http://www.wsj.com/articles/unforced-errors-from-tennis-to-politics-1467986621
> --bgz

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