Mangled English

Posted by News desk on 9 Sep, 2009 / Offbeat news

Former US president George W Bush tops a poll of the worst examples of mangled English, reports Sapa-Agence France Presse. An online poll of 4000 people voted Bush top for his comment: “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

Second was California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who, during an election campaign in 2003, said: “I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.” The rest of the top 10:

3: Former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld: “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns: the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

4. Motor racing commentator Murray Walker: “The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.”

5: Soccer commentator John Motson: “For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are playing in yellow.”

6: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown: “Total spending will continue to rise and it will be a zero percent rise in 2013-14.”

7: Former US president Bill Clinton, on his relationship with Monica Lewinsky: “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ’is’ is. If ’is’ means ’is and never has been’ that’s one thing. If it means ’there is none’, that was a completely true statement.”

8. Former soccer star Eric Cantona: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”

9: George W Bush: “I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe — I believe what I believe is right.”

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