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'I can hear you' named top catchphrase

Jan. 8, 2010 at 3:23 PM   |   Comments

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush's "I can hear you" statement at Ground Zero is the decade's top political catchphrase, a U.S. company says.

The Global Language Monitor based in Austin, Texas, said in a release Friday that Bush's 2001 comment made while at the rubble of the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack is the Top Political Buzzword or Catchphrase for 2000-2009.

Bush's catchphrase beat out global warming/climate change, which came in second and war on terror, which earned third.

The Global Language Monitor said fourth place belonged to the 2004 buzzword progressives and fifth was captured by 2008's hockey moms.

U.S. President Barack Obama's "The audacity of hope" catchphrase took seventh after being beaten out for sixth place by Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Eighth place went to economic meltdown/financial tsunami, while the neoconservative movement buzzword neocons earned ninth. The Top 10 was rounded out by 2003's embedded, a reference to the placement of reporters in Iraq war military units.

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