There are many definitions of the term Chutzpah– my gran’s description of someone with chutzpah is “a person who kills his parents and then asks for the court’s mercy becasue he’s an orphan.” I wish I could pit Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer against gran – she would have taken him apart.
Catchphrases help us hold our intellectual head up high, socially. We can use buzzwords and Catchphrases as a mark of our understanding, our expertise, insight, intuition and general intellectual prowess. Some catchphrases were not really uttered but simply invented – – and then carried through the ages, delivered diligently from eager sender to ecstatic receiver. We now know, for example, that Marie Antoinette never said “Let them eat cake!” – well, in fact she did not even say the reported French retort – “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!” but let’s not let facts kill a good meme, S’il vous plaît!In his book “Made in America” Bill Bryson reveals that Patrick Henry did not say a single word of his famous “give me liberty or give me death” speech. Then, we have modern catchphrase. While these aren’t urban legends, they sure are powerful memes.