As an offshoot of that story, I looked into Storms' question about liberals using the term "specious." She asked if this was a calculated liberal move spread formally or just by word of mouth.
Here is what I wrote in answer to her rhetorical question:
SPECIOUS WATCH: Is Ronda right? Has the vast liberal cabal
universally adopted specious as Word of the Week? Storms gave me two
more examples: County mayor advocate Mary Ann Stiles called Storms'
argument against the plan "specious" in an April 14 Times article; and
Kathy Castor's use of the term to describe Storms during a dust-up the
two commissioners had the week after that.
Further, in recent months Sierra Clubber Darden Rice used "specious"
in a letter to the editor the past weekend in describing rationales for
drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast; Republican (in name only) Sen. Arlen
Specter called President Bush "specious" in a Washington Post article
about Bush's domestic wiretapping program; a Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
op-ed writer called all TV-radio pundits "specious;" and a San
Francisco Chronicle critic called spinmeisters "specious."
So, post your favorite overuse, overwrought or overemotional terms — liberal or conservative — here and I'll run the best examples in my column.