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"forgive the expression"
Christmas has really been turned into a dirty word.
Speaking on the local D.C. program "Inside Washington," NPR reporter Nina Totenberg openly apologized for using the phrase "Christmas party" while telling a story.
While discussion the omnibus spending bill that was rejected, she recalled a conversation with government defense officials regarding their budgets, a conversation that took place at a recent Christmas party. However, before she used the party's adjective, she asked for forgiveness for invoking the "holiday" term. Transcript and video via NewsBusters:
Well, these agencies, including the Defense Department, don't know how much money they've got and for what. And I was at – forgive the expression – a Christmas party at the Department of Justice and people actually were really worried about this.
NewsBusters writer Brent Baker wonders why Tottenberg was so embarrassed and what she might propose as an alternative:
She didn’t say what she’d prefer for parties this time of the year to be named. “Winter solstice party”? Just plain old “holiday party”? Or a “seasonal gathering”?
Maybe a RamaHanuKwanzMas party:
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