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    I’ll Tell You How, But It’ll Cost You

    theboehner2.jpgQuote:  "Nobody knows more about reforming this place than I do." Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in the Washington Post.

    Figure of Speechunintentional irony.

    Boehner wants to fill Tom DeLay’s big shiny shoes as House majority leader.  He's well qualified; Boehner knows reform like the back of his bank statement.  This guy once handed out tobacco-lobby checks to colleagues—on the House floor.  His quote constitutes a figure of speech that's rampant in politics today, the unintended irony. It reverses irony's usual double meaning by making the speaker the clueless brunt of his own joke.

    We would like to propose an eponym in his honor: the boehner (BO ner), the figure of unintended irony. (For more great unconscious irony, check out this blog.)

    Snappy Answer:  "Your knowledge is worth a fortune."

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    Reader Comments (2)

    So is the boehner a subtype of boner, or is 'boner' an informal term that is finally formalized with the 'boehner'?
    February 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Bubbles
    Let's make it easy, Doc. "Boehner" and "Boner" are alternative spellings of the same dubious figure. We prefer the simpler spelling.

    February 22, 2007 | Registered CommenterFigaro

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