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Unformatted text preview: ssawicki 1 of 2 In a Word, Chad Is All That’s Hot By Renee Tawa November 20, 2000 in print edition E-1 So how did the hanging, swinging, dimpling “chad”–sometimes a little pregnant–get its name? How did it evolve from policy wonk lingo to punchline of the year faster than an Al Gore sigh? Two weeks ago, we all lived peacefully without knowing the word for the confetti-like bits of paper that are supposed to fall from a punched ballot. The outcome of the presidential election could hinge on how Florida’s election officials rule on ballots with chads still attached by even a corner, or poking out like a pregnant woman’s belly. Now the joke is that Florida’s Republican secretary of state, Katherine Harris, is a sure bet for ambassador to the country of Chad, and that, no, “hanging Chad’ is not on death row in Texas. Now, the international press is scrambling to come up with translations for pregnant chad. The translation Web site, www.parlo.com, offers these possibilities: in Cantonese, “dye toad tsee,” or big stomach paper; in Farsi, “Kaghaz-eh hameleh,” or pregnant piece of paper. hameleh,” or pregnant piece of paper....
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2010 for the course ENGL 305 taught by Professor Sawiki during the Fall '09 term at CSU Fullerton.
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