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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

on the topic of "old hat."

Prime Minister Stephen Harper shocked millions today as he single-handedly challenged the popular culture of our verbal lexicon in using the vintage 1890's term "old hat" in describing the issue of International Trade Minister David Emerson's crossing-the-floor from the Liberals to the Conservatives two weeks after the last election....

Emerson protests ‘old hat,' Harper says
TERRY WEBER
Globe and Mail Update

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday continuing protests over the defection of former Liberal David Emerson to his Tory cabinet are getting “old hat” and suggested Vancouver voters are now becoming more comfortable with the move.

Mr. Harper made the comments to reporters after delivering a speech in Burnaby, B.C., touting the Conservative government's child-care program.

“The same ten people every time,” Mr. Harper said. “You know, it's kind of getting old hat, isn't it?”
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, reportedly last used by William Ewart Gladstone, here are the definitions from wordreference.com:
1. out of fashion; "a suit of rather antique appearance"; "demode (or outmoded) attire"; "outmoded ideas"

2. repeated too often; over familiar through overuse; "bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer"; "repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn axiom"; "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'"
So, I guess this means that the Triple-E Senate and Parliamentary Committee Reform are old hat as well...

It is widely suspected that the Prime Minister's Office has hired The Slingshot: the Great British Magazine for Young Chaps, as Mr. Harper's in-house media consultants.

On a completely unrelated note, check out this Llama clip (props to s.b. for the Llama linkage)

(Are Llamas becoming old hat at daveberta?)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you're a little rattled by the attempted break in. Hope everything is better now.

Seriously - protestors in Vancouver? You kust be kidding, yawn. (I did like the piccnochio nose on the Emerson sigh though - creative touch)

michael in calgary said...

Mr. Speaker, the honourable member is parroting some timeworn axiom.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister is wearing a a suit of rather antique appearance.

Anonymous said...

The Prime Minister doh protest too much, methinks.


Steven needs to watch less Antiques Roadshow. He's always been such an impressionable young lad...

robert mcbean said...

i always thought old hat meant it was something that was easy, a thing that could be done without even thinking. now i'm confused.

Sir Stereogram Interlocutor said...

Dear Sirs,

In the past, I have found myself having several disobliging remarks about our Prime Minister. This is due, most assuredly, to the fact that he is a hirsute pavement chalker and an ungentlemanly sausage tanner.

I find his lack of Imagination about the art of governance to be truly ridiculous and perhaps most disturbing of all his propensity to appear improperly dressed in the company of Ladies is ghastly.

It is my most fiendish wish to meet the Prime Minister on the cricket pitch so that I can show him what-for!

Good day!

Sir Stereogram Interlocutor
Zinfandel County