Wednesday, August 08, 2012

AAAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!!!!

I just heard Bill Hemmer on Fox news say "Walk softly and carry a big stick"...

This common and persistent misquoting of  President Theodore Roosevelt’s corollary to the Monroe Doctrine has always driven me crazy--and  would not be so onerous if it did not radically change the meaning of the phrase.

If you WALK softly, it implies you're going to sneak up on your opponent and hit him with the big stick.

If you TALK softly, it means you negotiate respectfully, but from a position of great strength to back up your words with the force of the big stick, but only if necessary.

ARRRGGGHHH!!!

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