Three More Foul Phrases

Slippery Slope — The condition arising from the level playing field being tilted to a 45-degree angle. A legislator used the phrse twice in tow consecutive sentences the other day. Two times too many.

Roll Up My Sleeves — Suggested by a reader who adds that vast amounts of time could be saved if short-sleeved shirts were mandated at the Capitol. Big shot in the arm for retailers, too!

Strong Support — A pet peeve of one of my favorite special interest chiseler, lobbyist babes who notes in Zen-like simplicity that support is support.




Filed under: Capitol Cliches


  1. Runup, as in “runup to the war.” I believe most of our people got their by boat or airplane.

    Comment by Gus Turdlock — 1.10.2008 @ 10:21 pm

  2. If I hear Jim Brulte say “at the end of the day” one more time I will go from “1000% support” to “neutral if amended”.

    Comment by Bill Leonard — 1.11.2008 @ 11:02 am

  3. Greg, Love the site. Keep up the fine work.

    I’ll go topical on you … how about the phrase “making change?”

    As in “I’ve spent 35 years making change.”

    As if change is something to make, like a ham sandwich or a free throw.

    Cripes. — Jim E.

    Comment by Jim Evans — 1.18.2008 @ 12:55 pm

  4. How about – “I’ll continue to work with the opposition!”

    Comment by Richard — 1.22.2008 @ 8:11 am

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