Slate has created a web page for collecting what it calls “Bidenisms” — verbal malapropisms of the Vice President. The inaugural list is already quite long.

A statement becomes Bidenesque when his over-the-top attempts at folksiness fail. Unlike their distant cousins, Bushisms and Palinisms, Bidenisms generally stem more from arrogance or obliviousness than from difficulty with the English language or ignorance.

Joe Biden has always struck me as a goofy old uncle who enjoys being the center of attention at family reunions, but whose verbal mishaps leave relatives rolling their eyes. His penchant for saying dumb things makes him a fitting poster child for the Obama administration — cocksure and incompetent.


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