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Bush + lips

Alludes to pledge, "Read my lips: no new taxes" by then-U.S. President George H. W. Bush.[1][2]


bushlips pl ‎(plural only)

  1. (politics, frequently capitalized) insincere political rhetoric[1][2][3][4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1
    2007 September 11, Steven Pinker, “Words and Community”, in The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature, Penguin Books, ISBN 9780670063277, LCCN 2007026601, OCLC 263667454, OL 7641752M, page 17:
    But most silly coinages go nowhere, such as bushlips for “insincere political rhetoric” (after George H. W. Bush’s 1988 campaign slogan “Read my lips: No new taxes”)...
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    2010 April 27, Sol Steinmetz, There's a Word for It: The Explosion of the American Language Since 1900, Harmony Books, ISBN 9780307717634, LCCN 2009034943, OCLC 290470352, OL 24269632M, page 194:
    1990: Word of the Year Bushlips “insincere political rhetoric” (alluding to George H. W. Bush’s pledge “Read my lips: no new taxes” as he accepted the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in 1988; once in office, he reneged on his pledge)...
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    2004 July 14, Allan Metcalf, Presidential Voices, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 9780618443741, LCCN 2004005742, OCLC 60386369, OL 3290625M, page 310:
    Someone promptly coined bushlips and said it meant “insincere political rhetoric.”
  4. ^ "bushlips", Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon. Dictionary.com, LLC: 2012. URL accessed on January 26, 2012.

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