Fred R. Shapiro, the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, has compiled the top ten phrases of 2007. In other words, these are the top memorable quotations from the year 2007.
So, without delay, here are the top ten phrases/quotes of 2007:
The most memorable quote–even by my high standards–is the one said by Andrew Meyer:
“Don’t tase me, bro.”
Andrew Meyer, a senior at the University of Florida, yelled this when he was pinned down–and being tasered by the University of Florida campus police. Andrew Meyer had been protesting a speech by Senator John Kerry. Not surprisingly, there is a Wikpedia entry about the incident. Mahalo also has an entry too.
“I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us.”
Lauren Upton, a South Carolina contestant in the Miss Teen USA contest, said this when asked why one fifth of Americans can’t find the United States on a map. Many people laughed and made fun of Lauren Upton and the video was circulating on Youtube.com.
“In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.”
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, said this while speaking at Columbia University in New York city, New York.
“That’s some nappy-headed hos there.”
Don Imus, a radio personality, said this about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. Don Imus ended up being fired and his radio show was halted–he’s now back on the air.
“I don’t recall.”
Alberto Gonzales, former Attorney General of the United States, kept repeating this phrase when he faced the United States Congress’ questions about the firing of U.S. attorneys.
“There’s only three things he (Rudolph Giuliani) mentions in a sentence: a noun and a verb and 9/11.”
Senator Joseph Biden said this while speaking during a debate.
“I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody who has a 9 percent approval rating.”
Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader (who happens to be a Democrat), said this–he was referring to Dick Cheney, the Vice President of the United States.
“(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom.”
Senator Larry Craig said this while explaining why his foot touched the foot of an undercover police officer. Both were in an airport men’s room.
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
Joseph Biden makes the list again. The Senator was referring to his rival Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama when he said this.
“I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.”
Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States, said this when referring to the Bush administration.
How is it that many of the memorable phrases of 2007 were said by politicians? Personally, my favorite one is “Don’t Tase Me Bro”. By the way, yes–that domain name is registered.