On 3AW this morning, Andrew Bolt had a bit of a go at clarifying a statement from one of Kevin Rudd’s latest speeches in the US.
Have a listen here, right at the beginning, especially you furriners who may not have ever had the pleasure of hearing what our new show-pony PM sounds like.
For the record, I’m with AB in that it brought to mind an Orwell quote, but here’s the one that came to my mind:
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.” (George Orwell)
[L]ong words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink … That’s Rudd-Speak in a nutshell.
Update: Here’s what Kev actually said – “Therefore, there is, in my argument, on the face of it, a natural complementarity between these two philosophical approaches and a complementarity that could be developed further in the direction of some form of conceptual synthesis.”
Complementarity? Definition from Macquarie dictionary: “. . . a concept which acknowledges that different pieces of evidence relating to atomic systems, obtained under different conditions, cannot necessarily be understood by a single model, thus the concept of complementarity is necessary in order to accept the wave and particle models of an electron”.
Clearer now? Clear as cuttlefish ink…
April 1, 2008, 2:23 am at 2:23 am
Listening to Kevin Rudd is just painful. Other than worn-out and overused platitudes and cliches, he barely says anything.
April 1, 2008, 4:51 am at 4:51 am
I just can’t stand his voice and sing-song intonation, let alone all the strange and convoluted words and phrases he uses.
I always connect that Orwell quote to him because of the cat’s-bum mouth thing he does – “a cuttlefish squirting out ink” indeed!
April 1, 2008, 5:13 am at 5:13 am
One word: Stephane Dion.
April 1, 2008, 5:16 am at 5:16 am
#3 That’s two words 😉 One word would be “Beaker”.
April 1, 2008, 6:46 am at 6:46 am
I’m an early sufferer of Deranged Rudd Syndrome. He just makes me see red with all his vamping around the planet leaving Red Julia in the hot seat.
He’s another one who never met a terrorist he didn’t like, I guess.
Next thing we’ll have Hugo over for a bit of glad handing and ear nibbling.
April 1, 2008, 9:15 am at 9:15 am
Yes, what we need is a complimentarity leading to a new idiomatic synthesis. This is the kind of horseshit you get with post-modern deconstructionist relativism: Nobody ever actually says anything, but the words and syntax sound impressive. Fools.