The playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan was once upon a time a member of the British Parliament, and once upon a time, he was asked to apologize to a fellow member of parliament. He said:
“Mr Speaker I said the honorable member was a liar it is true and I am sorry for it.”
He added that the honorable member could place the punctuation where he pleases.
(There’s probably somewhere outside the sentence he could place it too — where the moon shines.)
…so politicians play with words.
Copywriters do too, of course.
And sometimes corporations do too:
Sometimes a slight change in terminology brings a whole new perspective:
And of course, economists play with numbers:
Since some of the stuff in those videos refer to badness in industry, and since lots of companies are doing good things, in the interest of balance, I hunted for images of words that might show an Occupy Wall Street protester in bad light. But I couldn’t find any. So here’s how some of the protestors play with words:
Somebody set up a library for the Occupy Wall Street protestors.
Words change things — the keyboard is mightier than the tank and all that. But it is of course the ideas behind the words that give the words weight:
#OccupyWallStreet is now transmodfligricationing (my new word) into a Robin Hood march.
And there’s an idea behind #RobinHood: to “impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades… enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world.”
That’s straight from the keyboard’s mouth.
(Those 3 videos above are all from Adbusters.)