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Word Usage Quibble of the Day

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:45 pm

An article in the L.A. Times says:


Huckabee is saying we shouldn’t vote for people just because we’re used to them?

P.S. On a substantive note, I love Obama’s defense for waffling on his public financing pledge:

As for the charge of waffling on a pledge to abide by campaign finance limits, Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said it would be “presumptuous” at this point to talk about public funding in the general election because “we’re not the nominee yet” and this remains a “hard-fought campaign.”

Ah. But saying “When I am President” isn’t presumptuous. Gotcha.


  1. “I’ve grown accustomed to her face”.

    But “making a candidate the nomination”? Is that some more Southern talk?

    Comment by nk (798403) — 2/20/2008 @ 7:48 pm

  2. I guess I am becoming acclimatized to the McCain candidacy, but I wouldn’t profess this as an acclamation to others.

    Comment by ManlyDad (d62cf6) — 2/20/2008 @ 7:57 pm

  3. “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means…”

    Comment by Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec) — 2/20/2008 @ 8:11 pm

  4. That fourth experienced Times editor usually catches these sorts of things, but he or she was laid off during the most recent newsroom staff cuts.

    Comment by JVW (ffaa22) — 2/20/2008 @ 9:42 pm

  5. Maybe the editor is overworked, sleepy and could use a little fiesta.

    Comment by Tom (ad8087) — 2/21/2008 @ 11:10 am

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