The Johari Window as explained by Secretary Rumsfeld
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- Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 14:43:10 EST
'Foot in mouth' prize for Rumsfeld
Monday, December 1, 2003 Posted: 12:49 PM EST (1749 GMT)
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- A comment last year by Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld on the hunt for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was awarded the
in Mouth" prize Monday by Britain's Plain English Campaign.
Rumsfeld, renowned for his uncompromising tough talking, received the prize
the most baffling comment by a public figure.
"Reports that say something hasn't happened are always interesting to me,
as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know,"
told a news briefing.
"We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some
things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we
know we don't know."
John Lister, spokesman for the campaign, which strives to have public
delivered in clear, straightforward English, said: "We think we know what he
means. But we don't know if we really know."
Although Rumsfeld's comments were made at a news briefing in February 2002,
were nominated for this year's award.
Rumsfeld, whose boss, President Bush, is often singled out by language critics
for his sometimes unusual use of English, defeated actor-turned-politician
Schwarzenegger for the booby prize.
"I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a
woman," the new California governor said.
Previous holders of the award include U.S. actress Alicia Silverstone and
Chancellor Gordon Brown. Last year's winner was actor Richard Gere.
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