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Sunday, October 23, 2005

First Time Farce, Second Time Tragedy

"A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man." --Jebediah Springfield

"We're going after criminal organizations and coyotes that traffic in human beings. These people are the worst of the worst. They prey on innocent life. They take advantage of people who want to embetter their own lives." --President George W. Bush, in remarks last week at the signing of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act. (No, they didn't clean up the transcript. Search for "embetter.")

UPDATE: Eric claims that embetter is a word just because he found it on the Internet. But it's not in Webster's 10th Collegiate, which is really the only dictionary that matters, in large part because it doesn't include "embetter" as a word.