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    Dude, Your Megaphone Could Get Smaller.

    kerryphone.jpgQuote:  "Our megaphone is just not as large as their megaphone, and we have a harder time getting that message out, even when people are on the same page." John Kerry, in the New York Times.

    Figure of Speechcatachresis (cat a KREE sis), the metaphor gone wild.

    John Kerry sums up the Democrats' problem in a catachresis (Greek for "misuse"), the ridiculous or mixed metaphor.

    The quote renders a vivid image of self-pitying hand-wringers who try to read a message on a fluttering page.  They take turns reading the message on their little megaphone, and sadly, heartbreakingly, no one is listening.

    Snappy Answer:  "The problem isn't the megaphone. It's what's on that page."

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