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    Why Daniel Boone Could Have Run FEMA

    boonevane.2.jpgQuote:   "I've never been lost but I will admit to being confused for several weeks." Daniel Boone, quoted in Jay Leno's new book, How to be the Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World (or Just in Your Class)

    Figure of Speech:  correctio (core REK tee oh), the correction

    Because it replaces a word that someone else has used, the correctio is central to one of argument's best defenses:  redefinition.  If the facts don't go your way -- you’ve been wandering aimlessly somewhere down south -- then simply redefine the issue.

    Snappy Answer:  "So now you're just mentally competent?"

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    Reader Comments (2)

    That picture is of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, not Daniel Boone!!!

    "Up on a mountaintop in Tennessee . . killed him a bar when he was only three,
    Daveeey, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier."

    Were you deprived of a television until you were 10, as I was??
    October 6, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterArt Pease
    No, Figaro thrived on TV, which is why he's so good with words. And having watched the show during an impressionable era of my life, I'm qualified to tell you that that IS Davy Crockett in the picture. (He used "Fess Parker" as a sort of nom d'Hollywood.)

    October 6, 2005 | Registered CommenterFigaro

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