November 2, 2010
Naming the Mid-Term Election Results: Just Add Water and Stir
Have you noticed that the majority of names used to describe the possible Republican outcome of today's Mid-Term Elections are metaphors involving wet weather?
From washouts to tsunamis, we took a look at some of the wetter words making recent headlines.
From a purely linguistic perspective, of course.
- A wave is a movement by which sea water rises above its normal level and then subsides
- Wave's first two letters inherently connect it to the concept of water, washing and wading. The letter W even looks like a wave
- A wave is inherently gentle and friendly (thus its metaphorical use of waving one's hand to say hello)
- Translation: Democrats walk on water, preserving both majorities in the House and Senate. Republicans wave goodbye to The Pledge to America
- Surge is defined as a high rolling swell of water; a large, heavy, or violent wave
- Surges are more urgent and intense than waves
- The verb root 'urge' and the low and long back vowel 'u' portend something bigger, something stronger, something high rolling
- Translation: Drip by drop, Democrats narrowly preserve both majorities in the House and Senate. Republicans send an urgent, but ineffective, message to America
- A storm is a violent disturbance of the atmosphere. It's manifested by high winds and often accompanied by heavy falls of rain, hail, or snow, thunder and lightning
- At sea, a storm is defined by the turbulence of waves
- The word, storm, like wave, has Teutonic roots, and while a wave swings or vibrates, a storm stirs things up and damages them
- Translation: Democrats hold on to the Senate majority but their House does not survive the storm damage. Nancy Pelosi is dead in the water
- The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines washout as the removal by flood of a portion of a hillside
- But a washout is also defined as a disappointing failure
- The implication of a washout is significant action, and destructive action
- Not surprisingly, the term shares its first syllable with Washington D.C. and its final with the Bailout
- Translation: Democrats hang on to both the Senate and House majorities, but Harry Reid washes out
- Tidal waves are high water waves caused by the movement of the tide
- They are erroneously interchanged with the term, Tsunami, which is a series of high speed waves
- Tidal is a powerful plosive packed word suggesting a profound change
- Translation: The tide turns with Republicans transforming both the House and Senate into their personal watering holes
- Tsunamis are wave series that travel at great speed and often with sufficient force to inundate the land. They are caused by underwater disturbances, most commonly by earthquakes
- Once you learn to skip the T, tsunami (rhymes with origami) is fun to say and rolls off the tongue
- And if you don't skip the T, its easy to transform the word to 'Teanami'
- Translation: Every single Tea Party candidate floats to the surface and gains elected office
- Built on the Old Norse words for stream and mill, maelstrom combines the destructive notion of water and the powerful grinding action of a mill
- Mael is also a character out of Ann Rice's Vampire Chronicles
- And Strom, of course, reminds us of the fabled segregationist Senator and Presidential Candidate from South Carolina
- The OED defines maelstrom as a powerful whirlpool which sucks in and destroys all vessels within a wide radius
- Translation: Republicans gain the House, the Senate and a hefty share of gubernatorial offices- standing ready to suck in and grind to pieces all vestiges of the current progressive agenda.
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