Politics: 19 January 2011

The One Problem With Anthony Weiner

I’m sure you’ve seen this before, but it is so much fun to watch. So watch it again; now!

The one problem I have with the Congressman is how he pronounces his last name. Yes, of course, everyone has a right to pronounce their own names however they want. But it bugs me that his last name is pronounced like that cigar-shaped thing from Oscar-Mayer, when it could be pronounced as it would normally be in German: Viner. Now that’s a cool sounding now. But let’s face it, when you can go on the floor of Congress and do what he did—it doesn’t matter; you’re a cool guy, even if your name is mud[1].

1 It is widely believed that the clause “your name is mud” dates back to Dr. Samuel Mudd who set John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg after Booth’s assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This is not the case, because the phrase dates back to a time before Mudd had even been born. The whole story is given at The Phrase Finder in a wonderful article Your Name is Mud, which shows the good that can be done on the Internet by people who care.

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