March 22, 2003

Impacted Journalists

I'm sorry. I know these folks are putting their lives on the line (while simultaneously becoming, some of them, instant celebs) but every time I hear the term "embedded journalist" it puts me to mind of phrases like "impacted colon".

I try to think: If Gary Larsen where here, what could he do with this figure of speech? Hmmmm... I see A Bob-ish member of the press corp pressed between a mattress and box springs (with some characteristic bipedal talking animals standing in the foreground) saying...what? Nah. Too tame. I dunno.

Can you think of any other instances of use of this word to describe a person in any setting? Embedded accountant. Embedded secretary (not gonna go there). Embedded mortician. I think we've added a brand new use to the jargon of the 21st Century. Not that it's any big JDAM deal.

Posted by fred1st at March 22, 2003 06:26 PM | TrackBack

You made a funny. Embedded secretary. Thank you for thinking they are getting a bit too technical (or just plain odd) with the terminology.

Posted by: meg at March 22, 2003 10:24 PM

Our cat Molly had impacted journalists...had to take her to the vet. oh. Make that anal glands..same thing actually. *G*

I am so over the coverage...TV and bloggage.

Posted by: feste at March 22, 2003 11:29 PM

Yeah, and I fully expect that the Dilbertesque business world will latch onto these phrases.

Here at ACME, we "shock and awe" our customers."

Posted by: Jeff at March 24, 2003 09:34 AM

Yet another hideous Americanism! Eek...

My first vision on hearing the term was that of a poor journalist actually being welded to the front of a tank... hmmm... now you come to think of it, maybe that's exactly where they should have put them all! :-)

Posted by: Alexandra at March 24, 2003 09:45 AM

The only thing that comes to mind is "embedded tick." But that's not a person.

Hey, at least they didn't call them "inserted journalists"...that would have been even worse!

Posted by: Curt at March 24, 2003 12:13 PM

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