"Make No Mistake"

 Posted on September 11, 2004 in Uncategorized

For some reason the use of the phrase "make no mistake" by Bush and his cohort has always rubbed me the wrong way. (I have wondered how a jury might respond to my telling them in closing argument, "Make no mistake...")

I suspected that what bothered me was the arrogance of a person who makes mistakes (we all make mistakes) commanding others not to make a mistake. Maybe it was the arrogance of telling people (who generally try not to make mistakes) not to make a mistake.

Timothy Noah, writing for Slate, says he hates the expression because it's "the words not merely of a bully, but of a bully who lacks panache."

That works for me.

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