View Full Version : Not in my family!!!!!!!!!

09-01-2011, 12:25 PM
The new catch phrase (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/storm/femas-use-of-term-federal-family-for-government-1808751.html) is being tested...

Don’t think of it as the federal government but as your “federal family.”


“Under the direction of President Obama and Secretary Janet Napolitano, the entire federal family is leaning forward to support our state, tribal and territorial partners along the East Coast,” a FEMA news release declared Friday as Irene churned toward landfall.

The G-word — “government” — has been nearly banished, with FEMA instead referring to federal, state and local “partners” as well as “offices” and “personnel.”

“'Government’ is such a dirty word right now,” says Florida State University communication professor Davis Houck. “Part of what the federal government does and any elected official does is change the terms of the language game into terms that are favorable to them.”


“That one is so blatantly obvious that I think people’s rhetorical radar is going to go off,” Houck says.


ralph wiggum
09-01-2011, 12:37 PM
That's horrible. :vomit: