Election Speak: Grey Zone
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Election Speak: Grey Zone

pmpmpmpm.jpgThings are really heating up of late – especially between the PM and JACK. Other political hotsteppers include Peter McKay, who doesn’t mince words when it comes to government corruption. In Stephen Harper’s case, phrases like ‘wishey-washy’ tend to project the inverse of ‘tough talk.’ Whilst JACK tends to speak plainly, perhaps in attempts to appeal to his working-class base. Gilles Duceppe, surprisingly since he is the most Easterly of the bunch, is the most cowboy-like.
But more on these distinctions later, as we delve into today’s election-speak entry: Martin speaking on the subject of confidence and non-confidence.
grey·zone (gra zon)
n
an intermediate area; a topic that is not clearly one thing or the other
Usage: “You either have the confidence of the House (of Commons) or you do not have the confidence of the House,” he said. “There’s no grey zone.”
Analysis: The phrase ‘grey zone’ is not one widely used in the English language, if at all. The above meaning has been extrapolated from the more accepted phrase, which is ‘grey area.’ Grey is the middle ground between white and black, uncertain as to which shade it belongs. Under pressure, Martin may have bungled the words, but only slightly as the meaning is survives. He is speaking of the current state of parliament – in a confidence-limbo of sorts.

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