'You can go back to your--what do you call it?--your Google, and you figure out all that.' GEORGE H.W. BUSH, when asked about previous statements regarding his son's shortcomings as President
'They cheated me.' SHAKIRULLAH, a 14-year-old Pakistani, on the Muslim radicals who persuaded him to help plot a suicide bombing; he is now serving time in Kabul
'The request demands proper consideration.' JULIA GILLARD, Australia's acting Prime Minister, after the Bush Administration appealed to let Guantánamo detainees resettle Down Under should the prison be shut down
'We wanted to get married, and so we just thought, Let's go there.' ANNA-BELL, a 6-year-old German girl, on trying to elope to Africa with her 5-year-old boyfriend; they were picked up by police at a railway station near her home
'It's more like a comedy or something we watch and say, Oh, wow, that's kind of cute of American gangsters.' K'NAAN, Somalian rapper, on the braggadocio of his American counterparts
'Mood at Twitter HQ the first work day of the year: Focused anxiety.' EVAN WILLIAMS, CEO of the social-networking site, after learning that more than 30 Twitter accounts were hacked, including those of Barack Obama and Britney Spears
'It's not enough, as Jesus said, to put patches on an old suit.' POPE BENEDICT XVI, challenging world leaders to make major changes to the global financial system, saying short-term answers to the economic crisis weren't sufficient
Back & Forth:
'I believe the agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge.' DIANNE FEINSTEIN, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, questioning President-elect Barack Obama for choosing former White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to head the CIA
'Whether it's Mr. Panetta or someone else, it's critical that the agency move in a new direction.' Representative PETER HOEKSTRA, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, saying Panetta's civilian background would bring a much needed "change in culture at the CIA"
'This shouldn't be the responsibility of another country.' JOSEPH P. KENNEDY II, president of nonprofit Citizens Energy, after the Venezuelan government halted a program that provided discounted heating oil to impoverished communities in the U.S.
'It's hardly a surprise that he's pulling out of our economy now that he's crashed his own.' LARRY NEAL, of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, blasting Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for bringing his rich-vs.-poor politics to the U.S.
Thirdhand smoke n.--The toxic residue from tobacco smoke that remains after a cigarette is extinguished
USAGE: "A recent study in the journal Pediatrics notes: 'Children are especially susceptible to thirdhand smoke exposure because they breathe near, crawl and play on, touch and mouth contaminated surfaces.'" --Chicago Tribune, Jan. 5, 2009
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