Thursday, October 16, 2008

Phrase of the Day: "Air Quotes"

As in: McCain Mocks Women's "Health" in debate using "air quotes".

Judy Muller at Huffington Post comments:

When it comes to dismissive finger gestures, there is nothing quite like the two-handed "air quote." For pure sarcastic appeal, it beats the much more obvious middle finger every time. But beware what words you put inside those little air quotes. John McCain used the gesture twice during his final debate with Barack Obama and each time it misfired. Actually, you can put "misfired" in air quotes. What I really mean is it blew up in his face.

Time's Jim Poniewozik summed it up:

"Um, Sen. McCain, women don't like it when you put 'health of the mother' in air quotes."

There you have it.

Air Quotes.

Our Phrase of the Day.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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