Seriously, people's hearts skip beats all the time. Generally your heart needs to stop for at least 4 minutes before you can't be revived w/o significant brain death. At 60 bpm it's more like 240 heart beats away.
You're right. We should be more creative, like for McCain, "one rage induced stroke away."
Thank you for writing this.. I've been thinking this for a couple of days and glad to see it's out there.
Actually, there'd have to be an intervening swearing-in ceremony somewhere.
You mean like this?
I hate "she hit it out of the ballpark" even more
Going forward the phrase is only a help to Obama. We cannot afford to let John McCain's age continue to be the third rail of this election season. At the end of the day it is what it is.
how about "one sniper shot away" or "one embolism away." but these do not make for pithy sound bites.
maybe as soon as someone on this site starts bashing the obama campaign a little, they'll stop using that.
I bet there is more going on in the world besides our election and the love affair that everyone has with complaining about things that don't truly make a difference in your day to day life.
According to current IRS actuarial tables she's got about a 9.3% chance of serving. That's a little more than a heartbeat (1% tops) and a little less than the "10% chance of change."
For McCain I like "one erection away".
"one melanoma recurrence away" has a nice ring to it.
one old-man-falling-down-precipitously-icy-stairs away
Having said that, i'd say that there are also other annoying little phrases that have been more than played out.
That said, I'd also say, that having said that, I think there is absolutely NO function in the phrase "having said that" unless one wants to be redundant yet sound superficially professorial.
Having said that, I'd also like to say, go fuck yourself if you use this phrase again.
"A heartbeat away" would be about 0.66 seconds, and that's clearly wrong.
The VP is one Critical Mass mob riot away from the...
Oh there you are John Bailo. I was beginning to think you'd given up on your quest to fit in with the cool kids in Seattle.
@17: Is this where "cool kids" hang out?
On a SLOG bulletin board that seems mostly to cater to infantile adults with no self-awareness?
I'VE GOT IT!
John Bailo is an anagram for H. Birch Steen!
Infantile adults with no self-awareness? Like, uh, you?
#19, sadly, John Bailo is all too real.
John Bailo is an anagram for Hobo N' Jail (my NYT moniker).
How about "one maligant melanoma away"
some alliteration there for ya.
Your hatred for the phrase must explain why it's misspelled in the header. ;-)
I'm all for changing it to "one pretzel-choke away," or "one Viagra overdose away."
@ 23) Wow, I'm stupid. Thank you. It's all fixed now.
Civility? After Labor Day in and Election Year?
I get it too. At least a pause in the trigger words, there are some long weeks ahead to the final recount.
I agree. This stupid and way-overused expression fills me with rage.
HEY KIDS: for your back-to-school paper funtime project; compare and contrast how the media uses "black" and "woman" and "old", trigger words for some, during this season's reporting cycle. For extra points, see often "man" or "white" are being used. Be ready to explain.
Well, I say, chappie, how about having Prince Charles a heart beat away from the throne as we do? Quite an alarming prospect. With old horse-face as the Queen. By George!
Baron Sir Humpherey J. Wirthington, BS, OBE, BfD
Commander, North American Division
International Association of Satirists
HATE this phrase. Thanx Dom.
I like "One sniper shot" but that's too harsh for everyday. Plus it's true of anyone. Same for "heartbeat". That's why "One erection away" is effing hilarious AND effective. Its something that just might make people think...
"Ask your doctor if you're healthy enough for sexual activity." Got that, Cindy? No BJs for your ex-POW until election day if you want a shot at being First Chick.
Palin look like Peggy Hill.
well no. 28 bests us all.
nos. 1, 3, 7, 8, 15, 20, 22 and 31 -- particularly banal. And predictable.
But with better wardrobe.
Palin is only attractive by comparison to GOPer women like "Crazy Eyes" Laura Bush, or that hideous crone, Lynne Cheney - buck-toothed Condi, and mummified Cindy McCain.
GOP people are ugly inside and out.
You people disgust me.
What that you say? Not PC, not to notice cheap, republican trick? Peggy Hill: community activist; fight city council, fight for worker's rights, fight for immigrants, many fights. Compare to each is honor and very good. Very funny show. Why banal? Palin look like community activist is bad to PC person?
Its no more annoying than bat-shit crazy, which seems to be the favorite over-used phrase of the slog.
Heartbeat away has indeed jumped the shark out of the ballpark.
Shouldn't it be zero heartbeats away?
A heartbeat from a daughter having a puppy. I hope its a mixed breed and not just another pit bull with bad lipstick! Abstonance only birth control works! Just ask Palil! And who's the old guy hiding behind her? Is that a war hero?
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