on the topic of "old hat."

Prime Minister Stephen Harper shocked millions today as he single-handedly challenged the popular culture of our verbal lexicon in using the vintage 1890’s term “old hat” in describing the issue of International Trade Minister David Emerson’s crossing-the-floor from the Liberals to the Conservatives two weeks after the last election….

Emerson protests ‘old hat,’ Harper says
Globe and Mail Update

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday continuing protests over the defection of former Liberal David Emerson to his Tory cabinet are getting “old hat” and suggested Vancouver voters are now becoming more comfortable with the move.

Mr. Harper made the comments to reporters after delivering a speech in Burnaby, B.C., touting the Conservative government’s child-care program.

“The same ten people every time,” Mr. Harper said. “You know, it’s kind of getting old hat, isn’t it?”

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, reportedly last used by William Ewart Gladstone, here are the definitions from

1. out of fashion; “a suit of rather antique appearance”; “demode (or outmoded) attire”; “outmoded ideas”

2. repeated too often; over familiar through overuse; “bromidic sermons”; “his remarks were trite and commonplace”; “hackneyed phrases”; “a stock answer”; “repeating threadbare jokes”; “parroting some timeworn axiom”; “the trite metaphor `hard as nails'”

So, I guess this means that the Triple-E Senate and Parliamentary Committee Reform are old hat as well…

It is widely suspected that the Prime Minister’s Office has hired The Slingshot: the Great British Magazine for Young Chaps, as Mr. Harper’s in-house media consultants.

On a completely unrelated note, check out this Llama clip (props to s.b. for the Llama linkage)

(Are Llamas becoming old hat at daveberta?)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *