February 27, 2007

A random thought crosses my mind.

I know you have all heard about the dithering tizzy some members of a certain party have worked themselves into because some of their political opponents insist on tweaking them by calling the name of their party the "Democrat Party" instead of the "Democratic Party." It's an admittedly juvenile way of slapping at their decidedly undemocratic tendencies, but rather than prove the opposition wrong by not playing along, it seems to infuriate the Democrats to no end. Which is what makes the whole thing funny. Not the supposed insult--the reaction to it.

In any event, I think it's time now to switch tactics, and rather than call the party the Democrat Party, it's time to start calling its members Democratics instead of Democrats. It's an even stupider non-insult, which means they'll act even MORE enraged. "You silly Democratics and your jibber-jabber!" "Bunch of big baby Democratics!" See? Sounds idiotic. But you know they won't just sit there and say stuff like, "Gosh, you're an idiot." No, they'll go into full Victim Meltdown Mode and demand anyone who says it be charged with a hate crime.

Silly Democratics.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at February 27, 2007 10:55 AM

I thought we were supposed to call them Pantywaist European Socialists?

They wouldn't take that the wrong way, would they?

Posted by: skinnydan at February 27, 2007 11:14 AM

No, they'd consider that a compliment, since Europeans are the smartest, most sophisticated beings God ever created, Socialism provides free ponies to everyone, and pantywaist--well, everyone has a right to their own lifestyle, right? So, if you feel like building up their self-esteem, your phrase should work just fine.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 27, 2007 11:20 AM

"big girl's blouse"? That's new to me.

Posted by: Janis Gore at February 27, 2007 11:28 AM

Me too, but I do sorta like it for its absolute lack of ferocity. It's more insulting to the insulter than to the insulted!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 27, 2007 11:33 AM

It drives my wife crazy whenever somebody says they're going to the "Walmarts". Not because she doesn't like Walmart, it's just that she hates hearing the "s" at the end. If I happen to be around her and somebody else does that faux pas, I just look at her and give a quiet chuckle.

Posted by: Marc V at February 27, 2007 11:35 AM

Which word does "big" modify?

Posted by: Janis Gore at February 27, 2007 11:36 AM

Heh--Marc, better keep your wife away from EVERYONE I KNOW. But surely she must realize that it's due to the pernicious influence of Sear.

Janis, I think it modifies blouse, but it could probably work either way.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 27, 2007 11:55 AM