Thursday, December 04, 2003

Rumsfeld Ramble Wins ´Foot in Mouth´ Award

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."

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