by Jim Walker
Originated: 26 July 2006
Like millions of Americans, I listen with astonished embarrassment whenever "President" George W. Bush opens his mouth to speak (sometimes while stuffing his mouth with food). For whatever reason, Bush's speaking skills resembles that of an uneducated backwoods pig farmer who doesn't understand the difference between agriculture and animal breeding. Some have speculated that he's either drinking, smoking pot, medicated, or some combination of them all. Or perhaps he's simply an idiot (my hypothesis). You'd think the poor guy would feel embarrassed by any number of his faux pas, but no. Instead, he relishes his gaffes as if they were jewel drops of wisdom. Doesn't he realize that people around the world laugh at him? Apparently not, or he simply doesn't have the number of brain cells needed to understand humility.
Yet sometimes, when reading scripted material, he seems almost normal, but when he has to go it alone, his speech pattern falls apart to its primeval origins. George Bush the First, also had speech problems, so maybe he inherited his idiocy from his dad. Who knows?
Regardless of what causes his embarrassing speaking disabilities, wouldn't it prove useful to understand just what the President of the United States means by his words? You'd think that world leaders would correct him or ask him to clarify his thinking. George Bush reminds me of the Peter Sellers character, Chauncey Gardiner, in the movie, Being There where a simple illiterate gardener of a large estate was mistaken for the owner and everyone takes his empty utterances as profound and insightful statements.
Many have commented on George Bush's word phrases and sentences (Bushisms) so I won't go there. I have concentrated mostly on Bush's offending single words and have attempted to translate them into English. By no means have I tried to document all of Bozo's mispronounced words and, in fact, this is a rather short list because I simply cannot stand to listen throughout an entire Bush speech without going insane myself. Perhaps some of you readers who have stronger stomachs than mine could add to the list.
I did my best to phonetically spell the offending Bush word (shown in the list on the left) and translated it to English (shown in the list on the right).
What Bush means
abonition abomination Ah (as in, “Ah think”) I ashspect aspect beeg being billing building chillrens children citiz citizens dare there dat that dudnit doesn’t it epo-lectic eclectic fella fellow ferget forget gooder better gubner governor I-I-I (stutter) I idnit isn’t it internets internet Irun Iran it-it-it (stutter) it kine kind learnt learned Mericans Americans new-cue-ler nuclear nignity dignity obb-bee-ah-see obviously pacticle practical permnit permanent purty pretty reconize recognize recrudiments recruitments sassnations assassinations scuse excuse sectary secretary searus serious sitten sitting sompin something suiciders suicide-bombers suscede succeed tear terror tearists terrorists thumpin thumping tore tour tuh the (or to) uh a unceptable unacceptable um ? waried worried we-we-we (stutter) we wunnering wondering wuddnit wasn’t it