And here are some more words — ones you can put in your pocket in case you run out of your own and face a rhetoric emergency. NPR producer Muthoni Muturi came back from a six-week stay in New Orleans recently with a souvenir she says is a big item down there. Maybe it's part of the healing process?
The keychain gadget is called Da Mayor in Your Pocket, sold by Emanation, Inc. Press one of six white buttons on a blue plastic box and you can hear New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin expressing some of his famous post-Katrina outrage (audio), including such favorites as "This is a national disaster" and "Excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed." Phrases that could come in handy for lots of things — not just hurricanes.