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Word count

Hank Fox tallies the words used in Bush’s state of the union speech…which I missed. Which I won’t bother to listen to. The only word I want to hear him say is “Goodbye,” but apparently his speech was all about “Terra’.”

Comments

  1. #1 Tom
    January 30, 2008

    Sorry, PZ, the term is “terrr.” It’s pronounced (or “pronouncified,” if you’re GWB) with exactly one-and-one-half syllables.

  2. #2 June
    January 30, 2008

    Fascinating how Bush threatened several times, with sternly pointed finger, to veto the vote of the People, and then lectured Congress on how important the People are to him.

    Just once, I’d like to see Congress rise and yell back “and we will override your effen veto”.

  3. #3 Gary
    January 30, 2008

    He must have been talking about Tara. She has a great blog. I didn’t even know Bush liked to read blogs.

  4. #4 david winter
    January 30, 2008

    style.org has a neat tool to parse this and other other state of the union speeches. With pretty colours even

  5. #5 Prillotashekta
    January 30, 2008

    Bush may not have used the word “science” at all, but he DID call for a “complete ban” on the “buying, selling, patenting, or cloning of human bodies” which got a standing ovation from the Republicans.

  6. #6 bernarda
    January 30, 2008

    Besides his war crimes, his tax cuts for the rich, Baby-Killer Bush will go down for his veto of SCHIP, which a minority of Retuglican think-alikes upheld.

    Praise Jesus for compassionate conservatism for insurance companies.

  7. #7 zer0
    January 30, 2008

    That tool is amazing #4. I parsed out of curiosity Terror vs. Israel. Since 2004, Bush has mentioned Terror 105 times. In that same time span, he has mentioned Israel 5 times. So Bush is far more concerned with scaring the shit out of the American public, and sweeping his sick desires for a Jewish State and the Rapture etc etc under the rug. Sick Zionist fuck.

  8. #8 qedpro
    January 30, 2008

    are you sure he wasn’t talking about terror?

  9. #9 Mooser
    January 30, 2008

    I have terrorist laminate in my kitchen! It’s “green Terra”
    Who knew Formica had connections to Al Queada?

  10. #10 Paholaisen Asianajaja
    January 30, 2008

    How many “sorry”-words were there?

  11. #11 mothra
    January 30, 2008

    And the production of that laminate is. . .formication- of course the republicans are against it.

    In his SOYU speech, GW called for vouchers so inner city kids could attend private and alternative schools and more money for alternative education and faith based organizations. As has been posted by others, he, and other rethuglicans, are out to destroy public education. He needs his vetoes overridden, i.e. slapped down so hard his pen hand is a bloody stump. Hmmm. . . maybe he could be charged with theft (in addition to war crimes) after he leaves office and renditioned to Saudi Arabia.

  12. #12 mothra
    January 30, 2008

    For any FBI or Chenybots reading, the above was an example of hyperbole. I am disgusted with, disgraced by, and ashamed of the leader of our nation.

  13. #13 Wes
    January 30, 2008

    Out of curiosity I parsed “threat” versus “diplomacy”. As can be expected, “threat” peaked with 16 mentions just before the Iraq war, then tapered off as the war went to shit. Mentions of “Diplomacy” don’t outnumber “threat” until 2007.

    http://style.org/stateoftheunion/parse/?q=threat&q2=diplomacy&wordsize=2×3

    Of course, just parsing those two words doesn’t prove anything by itself, but it is interesting that it fit the pattern I thought it would be.

  14. #14 Cephus
    January 30, 2008

    That’s easy, Bush has never said he was sorry for anything. I checked it out on the style.org site and the word “sorry” has never appeared.

    Anyone surprised?

  15. #15 Infophile
    January 30, 2008

    Not surprised. Closest Bush ever came to apologizing was after Hurricane Katrina when he admitted fault for handling the situation poorly. Didn’t apologize for it, though, and I don’t think he’s ever admitted fault for anything else.

  16. #16 Ebo Tebo
    January 30, 2008

    Cocksucker! I(We)can’t stand the Bastard!!

  17. #17 Bride of Shrek
    January 30, 2008

    Weird, I parsed “wanker” and “George Bush” and came up with nothing. Now, if you parsed some of my speech I think the results would be somewhat different.

  18. #18 Tom
    January 30, 2008

    PZ sez: The only word I want to hear him say is “Goodbye.” In my fantasy world, we’d also get to hear him say “Guilty, Your Honor.”

  19. #19 alex
    January 30, 2008

    did he mention “vegans”?
    no?
    he doesn’t mind after all?

  20. #20 Peter Ashby
    January 30, 2008

    So did he mention us folks in Yurp at all?

  21. #21 Peter Ashby
    January 30, 2008

    Oops, sorry that should have been ultra loyal airstrip one.

  22. #22 CrypticLife
    January 30, 2008

    “God” wins out over “science”, 19-12, using #4′s tool.

    Which is kind of a surprise. I didn’t think the score was going to be that close.

  23. #23 CrypticLife
    January 30, 2008

    update: “faith” beats “science” 31-12. Much more Superbowlish.

    Though I’m hoping the Giants will win this year.

  24. #24 Robert Thille
    January 30, 2008

    This should probably be anonymous, but I’d like to hear Bush say, “Please don’t waterboard me a tenth time.”

    What’s the matter, don’t you like “swimming”?

  25. #25 Stu
    January 30, 2008

    Bush covered all Four Horsemen in this SotU. I counted 20 variations of “terror”, 6 surge, 1 famine, 1 genocide and 1 disease.

  26. #26 MarcusA
    January 30, 2008

    I didn’t listen to the speech either. What’s the point? His words and actions are rarely ever connected. And I feel sickly ever time I see his stupid smirk.

  27. #27 MAJeff
    January 30, 2008

    And I feel sickly ever time I see his stupid smirk.

    It’s not just that. There’s something about his “s”…bugs the shit out of me; can’t listen.

  28. #28 Sven DiMilo
    January 30, 2008
  29. #29 PeteK
    January 30, 2008

    “We gotta liberatize those Eye-rackinians!”

  30. #30 Brian W.
    January 30, 2008

    Um, Bush DID use the word science.

    “On matters of life and science, we must trust in the innovative spirit of medical researchers and empower them to discover new treatments while respecting moral boundaries. ”

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/01/20080128-13.html

    He also used the words “sciences” and “scientists”.

    Certainly not trying to defend him or anything but it makes me not really trust Hank Fox all that much.

  31. #31 Shigella
    January 30, 2008

    “On matters of life and science, we must trust in the innovative spirit of medical researchers and empower them to discover new treatments while respecting moral boundaries. ”

    Moral boundaries defined by religious fundamentalists who have neither the intelligence nor the education to understand what it is that scientists really do all day in those mysterious labs.

    By “empower” he means threaten with fatal funding cuts (or no funding to begin with) if said medical researchers don’t play by the religious rights’ rules. And while I agree that cloning human “bodies” (dead bodies? partial bodies? what does he mean exactly?) may not be a particularly ethical path for current science to take, I am all for the cloning of human organs/stem cells for transplant and research purposes. Too bad he didn’t have two functional neurons to rub together so he could address the difference, but in Jeebus’s eyes, it’s all an abomination anyway, right?

  32. #32 Pierce R. Butler
    January 30, 2008

    Prillotashekta: he DID call for a “complete ban” on the “buying, selling… of human bodies” which got a standing ovation from the Republicans.

    None applauding more vigorously than Senator David Vitter, you may be sure.

  33. #33 hinschelwood
    January 31, 2008

    Christopher Morris cut up Bush’s speeches and pasted them back together so that he actually told the truth:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushwhacked_MP3

    The video of the 2003 State of the Nation address is pretty well done.

  34. #34 MBL
    January 31, 2008

    I didn’t see the word dezhizhunzh on the list either. He used that like eight times.

  35. #35 Nan
    January 31, 2008

    My reaction to Bush’s speeches is always to think basically, how nice, POTUS can read (more or less) at a 5th grade level. I doubt he has much actual input into what he’s going to say other than to nod his head in agreement as Cheney dictates to the speech writers. I do wonder how many rehearsals they go through making sure he doesn’t stumble over too many big words.

    Incidentally, I read an analysis a few years ago that speculated that the less interested Bush is in something the more he stumbles as he talks. Apparently, he’s quite articulate when the subject is something he actually cares about, like professional baseball or what type of chew toys Barney prefers.

  36. #36 Pierce R. Butler
    January 31, 2008

    Apparently, he’s quite articulate when the subject is something he actually cares about, like professional baseball or what type of chew toys Barney prefers.

    Barney schmarney – Dubious speaks clearly and in complete sentences when he’s ordering or threatening violence (at least according to Mark Crispin Miller’s The Bush Dyslexicon, iirc).

  37. #37 Hank Fox
    January 31, 2008

    Um, Bush DID use the word science.

    My bad, Brian. I’m another of those Americans who can no longer bear to hear Bush speak. I used the word list from the Time Magazine site, trusting that it would be complete.

    I’ve added a correction to the post.

  38. #38 Nan
    January 31, 2008

    “Dubious speaks clearly and in complete sentences when he’s ordering or threatening violence”

    And he trips over his own tongue any time he tries to claim being interested in helping the poor, improving education, fixing the health care mess, ending the war in Iraq rather than prolonging it. . .

  39. #39 gerald spezio
    January 31, 2008

    Bush is a murderer, and our Congress cheered him again and again.

    Hilarious and/or McCain will continue the murder.

  40. #40 Phineas
    January 31, 2008

    If you don’t want to read or watch the actual thing, I wrote up a useful clarified summary.

  41. #41 llewelly
    January 31, 2008

    Brian W. (#30) :

    Um, Bush DID use the word science.

    Hank Fox relied on Time’s list of all words used at least 3 times. Words used only once or twice (note variants such as ‘sciencetist’ are counted seperately) were not listed. This is obvious to those who followed the links.

  42. #42 Arnosium Upinarum
    February 1, 2008

    MBL, #48: LOL!!! My monitor is now drenched with tea, much of it delivered through my nose.

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