Speculative Sorts 0
At Psychology Today Blogs, Stanton Peele offers a taxonomy for classifying the cackling that resounds after an event such as the Boston bombing.
Here’s an example; follow the link for the rest (emphasis in the original).
Vamping. “Vamping” is the term for the circumlocutions speakers use when they have nothing to say.* You can always tell when media people are doggie paddling — they say the same things over and over again, report there is no new information but that when any appears they will surely let us know (thanks!), and use as many words to say nothing as possible. Thus, the single phrase that best indicates you are participating in a kabuki theater media exercise is “at this point in time,” as in, “We don’t know that at this point in time,” when “We don’t know that at this point,” “We don’t know that yet,” or — most succinctly — “We don’t know” would all suffice.
The latest rumor in the press is that an arrest is near. A caution: Get some grains of salt and remember Richard Jewell.