Thursday, February 12, 2015

Captain Caption LIX

"P-O-E-T-A-Y-T-O-E-S...hmm, that was simple.  
That Quayle is such an idiot."





For those unfamiliar with American politics:

Dan Quayle, the 44th vice-president of the United States under President George "Read My Lips" 
H. W. Bush, was widely ridiculed in 1992 when he insisted that "potato" must have an 'e' on the end.  
Certainly a "duh" moment, but not the first or last time a public figure made an idiot out of himself.
"President Cardoso, do you have blacks, too?"

38 comments:

  1. And I will never forget that moment...

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    1. I just shook my head.
      For I see stupid people.

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  2. I think there might be some people who spell it potatoe on the basis that it has an e in the plural version. These people are, of course, stupid. Then again Americans took out silent letters altogether. It might not be too difficult to convince a particularly stupid one that in England we spell it with an e, the same way we spell colour with a u.

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    1. I have always said this, I am so grateful that English is my native tongue (hee...hee...hee...I said 'tongue'). It's the screwiest language this side of Chinese and I would have hated to have had to learn it.

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  3. I remember that very well. Because, well, I, uh, was right there with him thanks to the pluralization of potatoes. See! There's the 'e'!!

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    1. I will admit that I always check the dictionary for certain words. This is kind of emmbar...embaras...emmbarrass....oh, forget it.

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  4. I remember the trouble potato gave me too, when I was in grade school. A lot of our words are confusing and I've always been a bad speller. I still am but now I can blame it on typos. lol

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    1. Probably 'tomato' is the same way???
      Or dildo?
      Uh...forget that last one.

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  5. haha when you don't know the spelling best to shut up until you do, especially a vice president

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    1. Whenever I write and I'm too lazy to look up a word's exact spelling...I put in a synonym. No one is the wiser.
      Crap. Except you now.

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  6. My friend's son is a bit of a genius, in my estimation. At the tender age of four, he loved to write out everyone's name. My real first name is Cheryl. He would carefully spell it out and add a "silent e" to the end. If he saw my name written anywhere, he'd add an e. It was hilarious and your post reminded me of that.

    When my oldest son was in elementary school, he came home and said he sat with Marilyn Quayle at lunch. What?? He pulled out her business card. Crazy.

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    1. Did she spell her name correctly? I mean, it COULD have been "Quail."

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  7. At the time, I would have been one of the idiots spelling potato with an "e" on the end. I was never a Quayle fan, but in his defense he was making an appearance at a spelling bee and when asked to participate he was given a card with "potato" misspelled as "potatoe."

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    1. He was no Jack Kennedy, but I didn't mind him. If nothing else, he's great fodder for comedic jibes.

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  8. I've always thought of Daddy Bush and "thousand points of light". Dana Carvey did him so good on SNL. Yeah, that Dan Quayle-he was a hoot.

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    1. Dana Carvey is one talented man,for sure.

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  9. if only spell check was around in the early 90s

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    1. I have a story about that. Maybe I'll make it a post...

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  10. But isn't the "e" optional in potato and tomato, Al? Yeah, I'm an idiot too sometimes (though not as often as Quayle). His jabs at Murphy Brown were the stupidest, but I love what she did with it in her show. Did you see it? It was awesome.

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    1. I don't think so....shoot, now you're gonna make me look it up.

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    2. I checked dictionary.com so not according to them. In any case, I'm going to bed. Little trolls need their beauty sleep.

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    3. Sorry. You're smarter than me, but we already knew that.

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    4. Okay, Quayle and Dubya are still idiots, but "potatoe" is the olde English spelling that some haven't let go of. The NY Times was even spelling it with an 'e' in 1988...according to Oxford Dictionary and my cursory, unreliable research on the matter.

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    5. English? What a nutty language.

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  11. Okay, now I don't want you to think I'm a Dan Fan, but when he "helped" with the spelling bee at the elementary school, the card Dan was given had potato spelled with an "e" on the end. That would confuse a lot of people. And I know a hell of a lot of people who can't spell for shit.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie's right. But at least I can spell "for shit." Biden can too, Al. Quayle and Bush? Not likely. They'd probably spell it "fore shit." Don't you think?

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  12. I don't see a problem with that, we in Australia spell tomatoe with an 'e' ;)

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    1. Oh yeah??? Well, Australia has beautiful women!!
      Wait, I don't think that's very helpful here.
      But, you do.

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    2. Hey you have Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johanssen, Katy Perry, Angelina Jolie and half the Miss Universe winners. We just have Miranda Kerr and Rose Byrne ;)

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    1. He's disappeared into the woodwork.
      Hopefully, with a dictionary.

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  14. Potato or potatoes
    Still a spud in my book!

    Bushman

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  15. I once saw an interview with Dan Quayle when he was a little-known senator - he actually sounded like a serious person of slightly above-average intelligence. It's amazing what running for high office does to people.

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    1. The media blows everything out of proportion. For instance, I don't think Biden is that big a fool, Obama is that big a socialist, Bush that big an idiot, or Boehner that big a drunk.
      But, Chris Christie never met a doughnut he didn't like.

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