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Hillary Clinton’s Sneer

by | 10th, June 2007

hillary.png Quote : “Is it possible to be quoted yawning?” Philippe Reines, Hillary Clinton’s Senate spokesman, in the Washington Post.

Figure of Speech : mycterismus (mik-ter-IS-mus), the sneer. From the Greek, meaning “sneer.”

Two Hillary biographies one by Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame and the other by a pair of longtime New York Times reporters offer more dish on both woman and husband. Nothing new, says (sorry: yawns) Hillary’s mouthpiece. Reines pulls off a very nice mycterism, a figure that insults or belittles the victim while making an appropriate gesture. The figure traditionally has the insult actually describe the gesture; John Cleese does this at King Arthur in a Monty Python movie.

The trouble with Reines’ mycterism is that some of the new stuff is kind of interesting. Bill

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