Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Banished words revisited

I didn't pick up on it at first, but our good friend Tyler has duplicated my feat of appearing in the LSSU Banished Words list. He doesn't even remember submitting this (although he does remember writing it). Here's the relevant section:

During the height of the war last spring, Tyler King of Toronto, Ontario, told us he'd like to see all words rhyming with Iraq banished, and he sent this lovely poem:

"Lately, every news report has tried to create a rhyme about Iraq. Frankly, I'm sick of hearing about the 'Attack on Iraq'! There is no turning back from an attack on Iraq to (get) that quack who likes to yak with his terrorist pack about having the knack to bring weapon inspectors back."

You know who I blame for starting this kind of rhyming Bush-related political commentary? Michael Stipe, who sang (apparently of Bush Sr.):

Smack, crack, bushwhacked.
Tie another one to the racks, baby.

Maybe Tyler's hit on something: namely, that Bush picked a fight with Iraq at least in part because the name of the country lends itself to so many catchy rhymes. If so, it's a sobering thought that the real culprit behind the Sept. 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden, is still on the loose because nothing really rhymes with "Afghanistan".


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