Each week, we are offering up a Language Hacker Award (or three) for those that have exhibited the expertise to exercise with excellence the exegesis of expression.
This is the best of what’s out there in terms of the demonstrated understanding of persuasive communication no matter the context and industry. So, in other words, what I’m into and who’s into what I’m into. Hahmana hahmana,what?… I know.
This week, we honor 3 language artists…
Betty White. That’s right. Betty White. For those of you jealous because she got the Cicero instead of you, just remember 1. She has probably influence more people than you. 2. She is funnier than you. 3. She has leveraged innuendo and double-entendre better than just about anyone.
The Insider.comreports that “Betty White’s stint on “Saturday Night Live” got her an Emmy tonight at the 2010 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards…” But, this is the description from Mediaite.com that catapulted her into the Cicero, ““If there’s one thing I’m known for, it’s my muffin,” said Betty White on Saturday Night Live earlier this year, during a memorable guest-host turn that knocked the ratings out of the park.” Notice the description of a self-description. That Betty, she’s always in character! What a character.
Jennifer Rotman. After liking Jennifer’s articles at jrotman.wordpress.com, better known as Word Bang, I decided she is an excellent candidate for the Cicero. You can search my blog for “jrotman” to find the recent referenced articles and my thoughts on them, and I can list her links here. Audience: Know them, Feel them. Change You Tune…Tone.
Wally Amos. Famous for Famous Amos Cookies. I remember him best for his motivational speeches where he quotes Goethe with (paraphrased) ”Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
So, there you have it, the Language Hacker Award recipients on this day in history, August 15th, 2010