Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld´s curious statement at a press briefing was named on Monday as the year´s most baffling comment by a public figure.
Rumsfeld, usually renowned for his uncompromising tough talking, was awarded the "Foot in Mouth" award for a confusing message which probably left his audience in the dark as to its meaning, Britain´s Plain English Campaign said.
"Reports that say something hasn´t happened are interesting to me, because as we know, there are known unknowns; there things we know we know," Rumsfeld told the briefing.
"We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don´t know we don´t know."
John Lister, spokesman for the campaign which strives to have public information delivered in clear, straightforward English, said: "We think we know what he means. But we don´t know if we really know."