“I’m Not a Witch” and Tony Hayward Tied for 2010 Quote of the Year

And the eloquence just keeps on coming…

According to Yale Law School associate librarian Fred Shapiro, Christine O’Donnell’s “I’m not a witch” declaration was picked as the 2010 Quote of the Year:

Tied with “I’m not a witch” was BP CEO Tony Hayward’s “I’d like my life back” to reporters six weeks after the BP oil spill:

Ever since 2006, when the original Yale Book of Quotations was published, Shapiro puts together an annual list of the year’s top ten quotes “that are indicative of the mood of the country or that have become famous in the media… quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times.  The quotes aren’t necessarily the most eloquent or admirable.”  

This year, he told The New Haven Register, “It was not pleasant dealing with this material,” mostly because the most notable quotes of this year were “generally polarizing, fairly harsh.  Some would say they are extreme.”

So how did witchcraft denial come to lead the crop?  By its absurdity.  “It was such a remarkable unconventional quote to be a part of political discourse,” Shapiro said.

“Shapiro noted that the top quotes stemmed from two of the biggest news stories of the year,” the AP reported, “the oil spill and the emergence of the tea party.” 

What news-breaking articulation did Christine O’Donnell and Tony Hayward beat out this year?  Here are the other eight:

3. Airline passenger John Tyner to a TSA worker: “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.”

4. Sarah Palin tweet: “Don’t retreat.  Instead– reload!”

5. Chilean mine rescue chant: “Chi!  Chi!  Chi!  Le!  Le!  Le!  Los mineros de Chile!”

6. Sharron Angle in a radio interview: “I hope that’s not where we’re going, but you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.  They’re saying: My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?”

7. Nancy Pelosi to National Association of Counties: “We have to pass the [health care] bill so you can find out what it is.”

8. LeBron James in a TV broadcast: “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach.”

9. Christine O’Donnell in a senatorial debate: “You’re telling me that the separation of church in state is found in the First Amendment?”

10. Gordon Brown on a voter he met: “They should never have put me with that woman…She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour.”

On President Obama not making the list, Shapiro said this: “He’s proven to be surprisingly unquotable.  He doesn’t seem to come up with any good sound bites.”  I beg to differ on that one.  I’m still quite a fan of what Obama says he and John Boehner have in common: 

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Cy G.
C. G7 years ago

silly.... it makes me sick...

Dave C.
David C7 years ago

I was always told to think before you speak, its amazing how many supposedly "important people" don't do this... in some cases I'm not sure they ever think, but in some of these instances the speaker must have some intelligence and common sense to get where they have in life...

April Gray
April Gray7 years ago

ay yi yi.....my head hurts now ;p

Linda G.
Linda G7 years ago

Oh dear, I guess we all suffer from foot-in-mouth disease once in a while. Hayward was particularly insensitive however and probably deserves the I-am-a completely-selfish-buzzard award.

Ronald Ellsworth
Ronald E7 years ago

Obama got his dig in!

Charlene R.
Charlene Rush7 years ago

It's not difficult to understand, that Ms. O'Donnell comment, saying she is not a witch, is her belief. What is really sad, is she is a pawn and not smart enough to comprenhend it.

The Tea Party Republicans will become most amusing as the days progress. The GOP doesn't know what to do with them and the Tea Partiers are determined to set an agenda.j

Don't you just love it?

Charlene R.
Charlene Rush7 years ago

Don't you just love it people expose themselves?

Charlene R.
Charlene Rush7 years ago

It just gets better and better!!!

Kay L.
KayL NOFORWARDS7 years ago

Ya know, if they repeat it on SNL, it's going be a quote that keeps on giving...

John C.
Past Member 7 years ago

I'll take the same as Tony's having!