D-double dare you to d-double down for the last time

Having fun with the cliché Doubling Down. Photo: Is Mitt Romney getting ready to double-down? AP

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2012 — There is so much in the media these days about “doubling down,” every pundit’s new favorite phrase.

Writing in the “Free For All” section” of The Washington Post (September 22, “Time to banish ‘doubling down’”), Darrell Knuffke suggests that the media dispense with what he calls “the latest, and silliest, cliché.” He concludes, “It is time to ban the words.”

The way the expression is most often used is this: The media quotes someone, perhaps a political figure, as saying something on Tuesday. Then, if that person says something different the following day, he is described as “flip-flopping.”  If, on the other hand, he or she repeats the previous viewpoint, the media reports that the speaker has “doubled down.”

While I cannot disagree with Mr. Knuffke’s observation, I hope that before it’s banned, I may be allowed one last use of it. Let’s send it away with a smile.

What would “Doubling Down” suggest, alphabetically speaking? I got to wondering. Just for fun, I’ll tell you what comes to my mind, in a kind of “letter association.” Feel free to share your ideas in the Comment box below.

AA  Milne
      BB  King  

            CC  Rider

                 DD  Myers
                       EE  Cummings
                              FF  Bombs
                            
GG  Musical
      HH  Munroe
           II  Sir
                JJ  Walker
                      KK  Kardashian
                           LL  Bean

MM  Legend

      NN  Words
              OO  MG
                    PP  Mattress
                         QQ  Clock
                                RR  Crossing

SS  Service
     TT  Fly
          UU  Dirty Rat
               VV  Le France
                     WW  W.
                            XX  Cerveza 
                              
           YY  O Y
           ZZ  Top

Vance Garnett is a lover of words. His writings have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. Reader’s Digest listed two of his entries in its top-ten of its “Yogiisms” contest, along with its “Picturesque Speech” feature. He was twice quoted in The New York Times Magazine’s “On Language,” as a word-origin source. 


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