December 19, 2005

Euphemism of the week

In a 12/16/2005 PBS interview with Jim Lehrer, President Bush answered a question about Gulf Coast housing issues by saying, in part [audio link]:

More people are able to get back to Mississippi than
to New Orleans right now
because there's not a lot of trailers there, and so
we're working through the housing issues,
providing- making sure people know there's temporary help
to continue uh uh
their status as a p-
((you know)) somebody not home

I imagine him running through the alternatives in his mind, looking for one that won't be offensive, before finally settling on a somewhat lame paraphrase -- with that little intonational shrug at the end.

Posted by Mark Liberman at December 19, 2005 02:20 PM