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March 24, 2004
It's Literally Rocket Science, You Know

Does the overuse of pet phrases annoy the hell out of you? When someone tells you that they literally died, do you feel like asking them what God looked like? Do you want to strangle someone when they talk about prioritization and half-full glasses?

Take heart; the Guardian feels your pain. (Uh, sorry about that.) After running an article on cliche overload, the Guardian 'translates' one of the most well-known British speeches of the last century into current English patois. Here, then, is Winston Churchill in a less-than-stirring rendition of "We Shall Literally Fight Them On The Beaches":

Basically, we shall literally prove ourselves once again able to defend our island home, to ride out the awesome storm of war and, at the end of the day, outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.

Because, with all due respect, it's not exactly rocket science.

At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do at this moment in time. Because the fact of the matter is that the blue sky thinking and resolve of His Majesty's government, literally every man of them, will address the issue. That is, basically, the ongoing will of parliament and the nation - all of us singing from the same songsheet.

Never have so few given so many laughs to a subset of the demographic ... well, you know the drill. Read the whole thing.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 24, 2004 2:14 PM

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