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    I’m Not an Actor But I Played One on TV


    Quote:  “He’s done a pretty good job of playing my part on Law & Order.”  Former prosecutor and New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani, speaking of fellow presidential candidate Fred Thompson at the Republican debate in Manchester, New Hampshire.

    Figure of Speech:  adianoeta (ah-dee-ah-no-EE-ta), the figure of hidden meaning.  From the Greek, meaning “unintelligible.”

    Oh, snap! This is our favorite political adianoeta yet.  A form of irony, the figure contains an obvious meaning and a hidden one beneath it.

    Actually, we preferred Giuliani’s dig earlier in the debate, when he speculated on why Thompson, a notoriously laid-back Senator-turned-actor, had failed to show.  “Maybe we’re up past his bedtime,” said Rudy. The ex-mayor is trying his darndest to look more statesmanlike than a flip-the-bird New Yorker; and he’s failing delightfully.

    Snappy Answer:  “So he’s just an actor.  Like Ronald Reagan.”

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    Actually, I believe it was Sen. McCain who made the remark about the debate being past Fred Thompson's bedtime.
    September 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLS

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