AP the article goes on with more examples, some of which are mis-spoken. i stopped at the Ray quote, and the "we just assume that everyone understands them," because i find that curious. imo, such metaphors are worse than useless. they don't convey any real meaning, they just "sound good". (i put that in quotes because i think they sound idiotic) my concern is that meaningless phrases have become substituted for meaningful dialog, and not just in the bush WH. i've often said IRL that if people in the US put forth the same kind of passion and thought as they do watching sports and tracking stats into something else like literature, science or public service, we'd be hugely better off as a nation. and now such pedestrian talk and pursuits have taken over the WH. did blair "sprint to the wire" in his final days? wtf does that even mean? why can't we, as a nation, have a real dialog anymore? is there anyone who thinks substituting sports metaphors for actual dialog is helping? or is sports all we have left?