Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Overspoke, Underthought?

The Wichita Bureau believes he has spotted a neologism: "overspoke."  Patrick Gavin establishes the context:
[Tucker Carlson] took to Fox News's "Hannity" Monday night and clarified his remarks, saying that he "overspoke" and was "too emotional" at the time (while still maintaining that he was "disgusted" by Vick's actions.)
"This is what happens when you get too emotional," said Carlson. "Anybody who takes the time to look into how he mistreated these dogs and personally tortured them to death gets upset." (Carlson is a big supporter of local animal causes in Washington).

"I overspoke. I'm uncomfortable with the death penalty under any circumstances."
  Probably.could be linked with "make sure brain is in gear before mouth is in motion," but perhaps better just filed under "remember who your donors are."

Second Thought:  Wichita probably caught an important media breakthrough here, but there is an unassailable rule re first sightings: somebody already got there before you.  Here's a defense/advocacy of "overspoke" from some months back: link.  Actually, a dictionary search identifies many older instances, but in the (rather different) sense of "to use too many words."   Of this use, Onelook says "This definition is from the 1913 Webster's Dictionary and may be outdated."

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