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Bushonics speakers strike back: We're mad as hell and we won't be misunderestimated anymore!

The day Lisa Shaw's son Tyler came home from school with tears streaming down his cheeks, the 34-year-old Crawford, Texas, homemaker, knew things had gone too far.

"All of Tyler's varying and sundry friends was making fun of the way he talked," Shaw says. "I am not a revengeful person but I couldn't let this behaviorism slip into acceptability. This is not the way America is about."

Shaw and her son are two of a surprising number of Americans who speak a form of nonstandard English that linguists have dubbed "Bushonics," in honor of the dialect's most famous speaker, President George W. Bush. The most striking features of Bushonics -- tangled syntax, mispronunciations, run-on sentences, misplaced modifiers and a wanton disregard for subject-verb agreement -- are generally considered to be "bad" or "ungrammatical" by linguists and society at large.

But that attitude may be changing. Bushonics speakers, emboldened by the Bush presidency, are beginning to make their voices heard. Lisa Shaw has formed a support group for local speakers of the dialect and is demanding that her son's school offer "a full-blown up apologism." And a growing number of linguists argue that Bushonics isn't a collection of language "mistakes" but rather a well-formed linguistic system, with its own lexical, phonological and syntactic patterns.

"These people are greatly misunderestimated," says University of Texas linguistics professor James Bundy, himself a Bushonics speaker. "They're not lacking in intelligence facilities by any stretch of the mind. They just have a differing way of speechifying."

It's difficult to say just how many Bushonics speakers there are in America, although professor Bundy claims "their numbers are legionary." Many who speak the dialect are ashamed to utter it in public and will only open up to a group of fellow speakers. One known hotbed of Bushonics is Crawford, the tiny central Texas town near the president's 1,600-acre ranch. Other centers are said to include Austin and Midland, Texas, New Haven, Conn., and Kennebunkport, Maine.

Bushonics is widely spoken in corporate boardrooms, and has long been considered a kind of secret language among members of the fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon. Bushonics speakers have ascended to top jobs at places like the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services. By far the greatest concentration of Bushonics speakers is found
in the U.S. military. Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig is only the most well known Bushonics speaker to serve with distinction in America's armed forces. Among the military's top brass, the dialect is considered to
be the unofficial language of the Pentagon.

Former President George H.W. Bush spoke a somewhat diluted form of the dialect that bears his family's name, which may have influenced his choice for vice president, Dan Quayle, who spoke an Indiana strain of Bushonics.

The impressive list of people who speak the dialect is a frequent topic at Lisa Shaw's weekly gathering of Bushonics speakers. That so many members of
their linguistic community have risen to positions of power comes as a comfort to the group, and a source of inspiration.

"We feel a good deal less aloneness, my guess is you would want to call it," Shaw says. "It just goes to show the living proof that expectations rise above that which is expected."

Some linguists still contend, however, that the term "Bushonics" is being used as a crutch to excuse poor grammar and sloppy logic.

"I'm sorry, but these people simply don't know how to talk properly," says Thomas Gayle, a speech professor at Stanford University. Professor Gayle was raised by Bushonic parents, and says he occasionally catches himself lapsing into the dialect.

"When it happens, it can be very misconcerting," Gayle says. "I understand Bushonics. I was one. But under full analyzation, it's really just an excuse to stay stupider."

It's talk like that that angers many Bushonics speakers, who say they're routinely the victims of prejudice.

"The attacks on Bushonics demonstrate a lack of compassion and amount to little more than hate speech," says a prominent Bushonics leader who spoke
on the condition that his quote be "cleaned up."

Increasingly, members of the Bushonics community are fighting back. Lisa Shaw's Crawford-based group is pressing the local school board to institute bilingual classes, and to eliminate the study of English grammar altogether.

"It's an orientation of being fairness-based," Shaw says.

A Bushonics group in New England has embarked on an ambitious project to translate key historical documents into the dialect, beginning with the Bill of Rights. (For instance, the Second Amendment rendered into Bushonics reads: "Guns. They're American, for the regulated militia and the people to bear. Can't take them away for infringement purposes. Not never.")

Bushonics activists say they'll keep fighting as long as there are still children who come home from school crying because their classmates can't understand a word they're saying. Lisa Shaw hopes that every American will heed the words of the nation's No. 1 Bushonics speaker, and vow to be a uniter, not a divider.

"We shouldn't be cutting down the pie smaller," Shaw says with quiet dignity. "We ought to make the pie higher."
 

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Bushonics??

Bushonics ='s an extremely idiotic method of attempting to express a stupid idea in an intelligent sounding manner.

Required elements of Bushonics:

Low intellect.

Poor understanding of the English language.

Need to impress others.

Large ego.

Most important is the ability to speak directly from the anus.
 

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Bikenut said:
Bushonics ='s an extremely idiotic method of attempting to express a stupid idea in an intelligent sounding manner.

Required elements of Bushonics:

Low intellect.

Poor understanding of the English language.

Need to impress others.

Large ego.

Most important is the ability to speak directly from the anus.
Youve just described Bill Clinton better than anyone yet.
 
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Bikenut said:
Bushonics ='s an extremely idiotic method of attempting to express a stupid idea in an intelligent sounding manner.

Required elements of Bushonics:

Low intellect.

Poor understanding of the English language.

Need to impress others.

Large ego.

Most important is the ability to speak directly from the anus.
Typical demokrat...can't laugh at a joke even when it is directed at the Republicans. :rolleyes: ;)
 

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Hey Scotty, I don't get that joke. :confused:

Does Bush talk funny? :rolleyes:

:D



Actually I get the joke and it is pretty damn funny. :D

I like the part about taking our guns... You can't take them. Not never. I thought it was Never ever but apparently I'm just a dumb ole country boy. :D
 

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...apparently I'm just a dumb ole country boy. :D
You said it, not me. Nuke.;)

Charleton Heston (and his old money) for president!
 

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You said it, not me. Nuke.;)

Charleton Heston (and his old money) for president!
I'd vote for Charles ANY day. Better than Barbara Streisand! :rolleyes:

BTW, when is she, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, and that fat bitch Rosie O'Donnell gonna move out of the country? Didn't they pledge to do that if Bush got elected?
 

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We Need our own language Too!

We bikers ought to have our own language! It would be called Bike-onics...of course, it would be more of a secret language.....

by the way.......lmao!:D
 

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BTW, when is she, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, and that fat bitch Rosie O'Donnell gonna move out of the country? Didn't they pledge to do that if Bush got elected?
YES!, that is correct. I cant wait. America will be a better country without their sorry asses polluting our populace.
 

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YES!, that is correct. I cant wait. America will be a better country without their sorry asses polluting our populace.
:D :D :D

Their ship is waiting at the Port of Long Beach Navel Base...you know...the one Clinton wanted to lease to the Chinese....it's called: China Princess

And it's a one way trip to the beautiful Hainan Islands! :D
 

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Last week ECU was infected by president bush himself. It seems that out of all the universities in NC East Carolina University voted the highest percentage republican. I for one would never vote for him ;). I'm glad i'm not the only one that noticed during his speeches that he seems to take an hour trying to explain 1 freaking sentence! He sounds like an advertisement for the new "Idiots Say Big Words Dictionary". All he had to say was "I'm an idiot and my political advisors will do the work while i shake hands and smile". Just my opinion.
 

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Last week ECU was infected by president bush himself. It seems that out of all the universities in NC East Carolina University voted the highest percentage republican. I for one would never vote for him ;). I'm glad i'm not the only one that noticed during his speeches that he seems to take an hour trying to explain 1 freaking sentence! He sounds like an advertisement for the new "Idiots Say Big Words Dictionary". All he had to say was "I'm an idiot and my political advisors will do the work while i shake hands and smile". Just my opinion.
Great, just when Greenninja had calmed down, you have to go and get him all riled up. Thanks :rolleyes:
 

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?????

Was i riled up??

HA!

You guys are clueless.

I just sit back and watch everyone scurry around for a day after i make a post. silently laughing at their desparately self edifying responses to my supposedly "riled up" statements...

Ah well...
 

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Sheesh, all I was looking for was another lucid and illuminating post in response to BigChief's comments. You don't have to get all worked up. Jeez.;) But I guess you don't want to play. Oh, well, back to my desperate scurrying.:D:D
 

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i rest my case.

:D
 

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Scotty, on another note, it doesnt make you look very bright to be using fake quotes tagged to GW. But then again, you do claim to be a crybaby liberal, so i guess thats par for the course.

:D

The Quote you are MISquoting in your signature actually was:

"We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.'' -Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000
"terriers" was added in. from another quote in which he mixed the words and came up with "terriers and bariffs" instead of "barriers and tarriffs"...

Please, if you are gonna slam da man, do it with integrity.


The Complete Bushisms
 

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Hehe, i love arguments. its all in good fun ;)
 
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