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Unknown unknowns

Well, let's see, I don't think, um, Mr. Rumsfeld is not a charming man, in a sense. And he's been given the 2003 "Foot in Mouth" award by Plain English Campaign. Ah, sorry, give me time to know if I really know what he meant, because there must be something profound in something like 禅問答 (zen mondo: Zen riddles).

Too bad Shuwa-chan was "narrowly defeated." But can anyone tell me what the heck he meant in saying, "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman."?

Speaking of "foot in mouth" remarks, nobody could beat Japanese politicians. The keyword is,

言語明瞭意味不明 - gengo meiryo imi fumei: Clear language, unclear meaning.

They can talk a lot without saying anything.

Comments

Actually, that sounds like pretty much every politician I've ever heard speak. Hooray for politics--aka, the Art of Lying.

Clearly words are coming out of their mouths, but they are saying nothing. Even more shocking is the number of people lulled into a hypnotic slumber by the meaningless words of politicians. Wait. Maybe that's part of their evil plan.

I think it's pointless (even if amusing) to try to change politicians. Apparently they've always spoken nonsense, regardless of time or culture. Our only hope is to educate the listeners.

Do you know what I was just thinking? If you do, than propers to you for your clairvoyance. If you don't, then picture this. Govenor Arnold Schwartzenegger or California. I think we're going to have fun with this one folks!!

I never much listened to Rumsfeld because it's pretty mean and snappy. However, I think the quote about the unknowns (on my blog now), was the nicest thing he's ever said.

I prefer Bush's quotes to Rumsfeld's. Bush makes me laugh, he's so funny. He comes up with new ways to use English all the time. I wonder what his native language is. http://www.dubyaspeak.com

California Dreaming. Ha! :)

Jessica, yeah, god knows. ;) Mr. President gives "hope" to learners of English all over the world.

re: schwa-chan's quote: I believe Mr. Rumsfeld explained that one already :D that is why he won the award...

'Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don't know we don't know.'