Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Assive Voice

Writers know they shouldn't use the passive voice too much, but certain speakers should avoid the closely-related assive voice:

President Bush, just now at the Pentagon (emphasis added)
"I thank these men who wear our uniform for a very candid and fruitful discussion about how to secure this country and how to win a war that we now find ourselves in."
What a raving lunatic.

(Via Talking Points Memo.)