Somebody must provide reasonable definitions to the neo-modernist terms being bandied about in the news. The grizzled old farmers who read me deserve to know what people are really saying in print and on the air. So here is Webipedia.
"Going forward" is both over-pronounced and often mispronounced as though the 'o' is an 'a' and there's only one 'r.' We hear that silly phrase 20 times a day and what it means is what will happen unless the world ends some time this afternoon or the sun does not come up in the morning. It simply means continuing to exist, but is used by those who want to appear dynamic in doing so.
Going fawword, the next term which bears being understood is doing something "out of the box." Doing something out of the box would be like having a newscast and not hearing any of the words defined in this piece. In the mountains it means being quare. Queers are quare, but quare people are not necessarily queer, only out of the box. The mountains are full of people who are real smart, but did not go to school, and they think out of the box.
Don't forget that people who "step up to the plate" strike out and fail more often than not. Stepping up to the plate is what dozens of Republicans are doing who want to be president, but most will pop up. The likely Republican nominee will be Netanyahu, a yahoo with a net whose dreams of an apartheid state based on religion coincide with the Old Testament, which Jesus tried to repeal.
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So instead of stepping up to the plate, most politicians would be better off staying "under the radar," which means that they quit denying climate change and declare instead "I am not a scientist," which should be followed by the addendum, "I am actually an idiot."
Staying under the radar would be like running for president without writing a book, something which goes back to the one John F. Kennedy hired somebody to write for him before he ran.
In your president book, you propose to "take the country in a different direction" or "grow the economy." The current direction of the country is for the Bush family and the Clinton family to trade the White House back and forth, and to put democracy on the market to be bought up by a billionaire family. You get to be a billionaire when somebody "grows the economy." Those who do the growing are like the old song about the poor people of Arkansas where "some gets a little and some gets none."
If a Republican wins, they will "man up" and if the Democrat wins she will "woman up." The popularity of the phrase "man up" is a reversal from the 1960s, when soft, gentle men like James Taylor were predominant. But as Robert Bly pointed out, they didn't convey the life force, so now we have reverted to masculinity, assisted into old age by chemistry which gets old men up too.
The worst offender is to "reach out," a phrase which would gag a maggot. In the mountains it would be called "retching," but in either place it means minding other people's business.
I'm afraid I can't define "changing the calculus." Calculus is that stuff which clings to your teeth which your dental hygienist removes while condemning you for not flossing. I reckon to change it, you get false teeth.
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