Saturday, December 17, 2016

Is "Cut It Out!" Code Speech?

So far the record is not good for leaders telling other people who are rich and powerful to "cut it out." I can only assume that the phrase actually is code for "I couldn't care less" or "have at it" or "carte blanche."

Propublica: Hillary Clinton’s Mixed Record on Wall Street Belies Her Tough ‘Cut it Out’ Talk

Radio Free Europe: On Hacking, Obama Says He Directly Told Putin To 'Cut It Out'

Maybe it's a combination of the aforementioned phrases plus a caveat such as " you can burn the peasants but please spare me."

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