Which is your hot button?
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Obama is known for using proverbs and creating pseudo-proverbs
too. It is quite intriguing that Indians are wary of using
clich`E9s or well-worn expressions but Americans like the US
President freely pepper their speech with them. Obama, in
particular, is fond of the expression ‘pull yourself up by the
bootstraps’. Wolfgang Meider in his book, Yes We Can:
Barack Obama’s Proverbial Rhetoric (Peter Lang, USA, 2009)
traces the use of this expression in at least seven of Obama’s
speeches on different occasions! The title of the book (Yes we
can) has also been taken from Obama’s speeches and is a
favoured structure in at least 12 speeches.
Learn a little
look and sound very cute when they ‘baby talk’ and grown ups
love to use baby talk while communicating with them. But, adults
and parents must remember that it is fine to kootchi-coo babies
sometimes; one should not make it a habit. The reason for this
is that children pick up language through imitation and
reinforcement and too much of non-standard language can lead to
their acquiring structures that may be difficult to discard
later. So, do restrict the "cho chweet yabba daba goo"
to those few special occasions.
A ‘hot button’
is a major concern or central issue that acts as motivation
towards a selection. It is formed from the words ‘hot’
meaning ‘fashionable, popular’ and ‘button’ from the
expression ‘panic button’. Used extensively in advertising
earlier as in ‘education is the hot button of the middle
class,’ it originated in the US in the early 1970s and became
very popular after several politicians used it in their
As a pronoun, the word ‘none’
means ‘not one’ as in ‘none of the cases reported so far
relate to this region’ or ‘not any’ as in ‘none of the
information proved helpful’. It can be used as both singular
and plural; the former in sentences such as ‘none of the
candidates is suitable’ and the latter in sentences such as
‘none of the old group were present at the reunion’.