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Monday, November 03, 2008

Palin Cleared of Wrongdoing in Troopergate Scandal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was cleared on Monday of wrongdoing in an abuse-of-power investigation into the firing of the state's public safety commissioner.

A little too late but at least the haters will have one less thing to bloviate about. It's important to point out because you know that if things went the other way the Obamabots would fire up their keyboard and hate away.

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Blogger Jack Hoff said:

I actually went to bed the other night thinking about the word "bloviate."

Really, I did.

Just thought I'd add that to the conversation.

November 03, 2008 7:54 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

You can also consider a variation on the term, blogviate.

Jack, I spoke to your wife and she's going to make sure you have some nice, warm goat's milk before you go to bed going forward to help you with these issues.

November 03, 2008 7:58 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

To bloviate means "to speak pompously and excessively," or "to expound ridiculously." A colloquial verb coined in the United States, it is commonly used with contempt to describe the behavior of politicians, academics, pundits or media "experts," sometimes called bloviators, who hold forth on subjects in an arrogant, tiresome way.

Some speculate that bloviate derives from adding a faux-Latin ending to the verb 'to blow' or boast, following a 19th-century fad of adding Latin-like affixes to ordinary words. However, others like William Safire claim that 'bloviate' comes from combining the words 'blow-hard' and 'deviation.'

Although 'bloviate' is listed in slang dictionaries as far back as the 19th century, the term was popularized by President Warren G. Harding in the 1920s. Famed for his poor English usage, Harding often used the word to describe his long, winding speaking style. The term dropped from popular usage following his presidency but was resurrected in the 1960s when it was sometimes used in reference to Harding.

It became widely spoken again in the 1990s. Today, it appears regularly in The New York Times, The New Yorker and the Washington Post.

The term is used frequently by Fox News commentator, Bill O'Reilly whose show, The O'Reilly Factor concludes with requests for email. The request for feedback sometimes includes: "Please do not bloviate, [that's] my job."

'Bloviating' has taken on new life in the blogosphere, used derisively to identify and otherwise chide the most pompous of contributors to message boards and forums.

November 03, 2008 7:59 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

It appears that all of us are guilty of a little bloviating.

Sleep well, Jack.

November 03, 2008 7:59 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

Thanks.

Now my head hurts.

November 03, 2008 8:15 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Drink your milk Jack.

November 03, 2008 10:40 PM  

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