Key meaningless political terms in the VP debate

7 10 2008

As the election gets closer, I can’t help but notice more meaningless political words coming out. These are words politicians use without understanding the meaning of the word, or at least not using the word in the correct way.

This makes the word or phrase take on a new meaning that helps the person who is using the word. For example, using the word “freedom” will strike certain emotions in people without the politician needing to use the word correctly.

Tag cloud of meaningless political words, the larger are more dangerous

Tag cloud of meaningless political words, the larger are more dangerous

I came up with a list of meaningless words (with some help from a post at DoubleThinkBlog and one at KVNUForThePeople), and I put them in a tag cloud-style grid with the most construed and misused words being the largest.

I also tallied how often some of those words were used in the recent vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

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Tally of key terms in VP debate:

Change: Palin – 18, Biden – 22, Maverick: Palin – 6, Biden – 9

Freedom: Palin – 5, Biden – 1, Patriot: Palin – 3, Biden – 2

Rights: Palin – 2, Biden – 7, Democracy: Palin – 3, Biden – 1

Terror: Palin – 3, Biden – 5, Security: Palin – 3, Biden – 3

Equal: Palin – 1, Biden – 0, Victory: Palin – 2, Biden – 0

Experience: Palin – 4, Biden – 0, War on…: Palin – 2, Biden – 0

Total “Victories”: Biden – 4, Palin – 7, Tie – 1

“Change” was by far the most used term during the debate, but there were questions about change, so that statistic was pumped up. Biden used the word “maverick” more than Palin did, and he never mentioned experience.

Also note that:

  • “equal” includes “equality”
  • “terror” includes “terrorist” and “terrorism”
  • “patriot” includes “patriotic”
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8 10 2008
missalyss

Ha! Great blog post. I really hated how Palin kept playing up how she was from ALASKA , which has ICE, which means it MUST be affected by global warming. Yes Sarah, because Alaska is the ONLY PLACE IN AMERICA affected by global warming. Oooh the sarcasm. Anyways.. yeah. Glad to see you’re still blogging. What are you up to? Still in school or working?

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