Thursday, August 20th, 2009
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Man Uses Word Frequently, Incorrectly

Duly denotedShiny Obama mouthpiece Robert Gibbs uses the word "denote" all the time. And it does not mean what he thinks it means! ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper blows the lid off the scandal that is rocking Washington to its core.

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KenWheaton (#401)

Irregardless, I like the way that man conversates.

delrayser (#319)

I think it's it's a perfectly cromulent word.

HiredGoons (#603)

Embiggening your vocuabulary is never a laughing matter.

Wrapitup (#975)

Yalls are totes misunderestimatin his strategery.

TableNine (#1,104)

For all intensive purposes, it means the same thing.

mathnet (#27)

God I love this shit. Deborah fucking Tannen!

She guest-lectured one of my linguistics courses in undergrad! It was dukelicious!

Moon LaRock (#1,394)

If one of the accepted definitions of "denote" is "to make known : announce," and "denote" can "serve as a linguistic expression of the notion of : mean" then doesn't "denote" work for some of the examples Tapper highlights?

"I simply denoted [made known] that we were pleased and the President has been pleased that progress has been made"

"I'd have to look at something that denoted [meant] that more people would be uninsured as a result of that"

Whatever. I r hate strict language policing.

La Cieca (#1,110)

At worst, it's a linguistic tic, like a reviewer's falling back on "limn." The difference, of course, is that extemporaneous speech doesn't have the benefit of copy editors.

sigerson (#179)

or a literary criticism professor referring to "lacunae"

Bittersweet (#765)

Yeah, but c'mon. If he's saying 'denoted' when he should say 'meant' or 'let people know' he's Mr. Jargon and thus a giant tool.

Flashman (#418)

Paul Shaffer could make a great jingle out of those words:
"He’s Mr. Jargon, and thus a giant toooooool."

Tulletilsynet (#333)

I think the people who denoted that definition must have been using citations from Gibbs as their starting point.

Abe Sauer (#148)

…denotes Tapper is a tool.

La Cieca (#1,110)

Yeah, saying "denote" when you mean "indicate" is sort of like saying "death panels" when you mean "the possibility of a slight reduction in bloated, obscene bonuses for insurance company CEOs."

HiredGoons (#603)

Also: that shirt is not his color.

It denotes blandness and an aversion to excitement

HiredGoons (#603)

it also makes him look pasty(er).

Flashman (#418)

It would also appear from that picture that he's describing what it was like to meet Angela Merkel.

hman (#53)

De Note is what I'd call that other non-Tapper ABC blog.
If I were more of a jerk than I really am.

dado (#102)

At least he hasn't said paradigm shift.

dado (#102)

I consider his use of the word anti-diluvian.

brent_cox (#40)

Tapper must wake up every morning asking himself, "What would Edward R. Murrow do?"

What a duketastrophe.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Well, I literally read this piece and it begs the question of whether [bullet enters skull]

The version I read was fully detonated.

Ron Obvious (#351)

"Jake Tapper" doesn't even mean what Jake Tapper thinks it does.

Flashman (#418)

Ja, it's also a Dutch euphemism for a chronic masturbator.

Ron Obvious (#351)

Ooooh, you're good!

KarenUhOh (#19)

Would it change anyone's opinion to know he was actually saying "denutted"?

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