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  • Eli
    August 09, 2011 - 09:23

    Rolling it out was the hot button "piece" for a short while. Sounded real good on on a $15,000.00 "investment" in a softball field.

  • Anne
    August 09, 2011 - 08:37

    Ha...great "piece." Ah, politicians - always blabbing on about something, yet they never say anything at all.

  • Ed Hollett
    August 09, 2011 - 06:55

    "Piece" is actually another one of the Dannyisms that crept into political speak after 2003. He is full of those bits of jargon. "On a go-forward" basis was another one that Tobin liked as well. Who knows where he picked it up? As with all these things, the dominant political player uses them and others take them up in order to ape the dominant. Clyde Wells used fairness and balance a lot but the favorite word of his that the apes picked up was "unconscionable". Kathy Dunderdale picked up on "piece" from Danny and she uses it as much or more than anyone else. She used to relate it to "due diligence" - another bit of pseudo-business jargon - as in ""do the due diligence piece" on something or other. Fairity O'Brien likes to use it. Yvonne Jones uses "piece" and a bunch of other Dannyisms, as do pretty well all the cabinet ministers and MHAs who want to sound more impressive than they feel they would be if they used ordinary words that others understand. The reality of using this jargon is that they don't sound smarter or more savy. They just sound foolish.