For example, the McCain/Palin campaign (or, as Sarah likes to call it, the Palin/McCain campaign) has been using a phrase that on the surface makes no sense, if you take the words they are using at their face value.
Palin has said it several times; it caught my ear during her debate. Amidst all the nonsense she was gibbering, she blurted out this line:
"...I've joined this team that is a team of mavericks..."If you recall, I discussed the word "maverick" last month. And since I don't think they are claiming to be a team of lost calves, they are using this definition of maverick:
- see transcript via CNN
MAVERICK: an independent individual who does not go along with a group or partyNow, since a maverick is an individual who does not go along with a group, it is not possible to have a team of mavericks.
Unless, of course, you are talking about a racing team comprised of the compact Ford of the 1970s.
But since we're talking about the Presidential race, and not a stock-car race, I think it's clear that neither McCain nor Palin are claiming to be a Pinto's brawnier cousin.
They may feel free to correct me on this.
It's clear that they can not have a team of mavericks, because that is a term that negates itself, since maverick means someone who acts alone. What they have is a group that doesn't follow the rules.
Oh, wait, there's a word that fits this! This must be what they really mean!
GANG: a group of persons working to unlawful or antisocial endsAnd what do you call a member of a gang?
GANGSTER: a member of a gang of criminalsSee? If you spend a little time with a dictionary, you too can learn what people are really trying to tell you!