Posted by Dhm on July 23, 2004
In Reply to: Falter to inequity posted by R. Berg on July 23, 2004
: : : : : : Does anyone know what "falter to inequity" means?
: : : : : : "The Office of Investigations requires leadership that will not falter to inequity," says Lieutenant Governor Pence.
: : : : : Hmmmm... sounds like he stayed up all night working that one out. It's something we'd describe here (rather inelegantly) as a wank.
: : : : You got that right.
: : : The "The Office of Investigations" here in NY is the agency that deals with fraud and misrepresentation by corporations.
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: : : Since this state is politically led by Republicans, that agency has tended to look the other way when dealing with banks, insurance companies and the real estate industry.
: : : These businesses have gotten, by way of bribes, gifts and donations to the ones in political power, away with murder.
: : : Looks like your Gov. Pence just wants his agency to do the opposite of how it is done here. He is hoping that his agency will rise above the corruption, not falter, and deal with these corporations in a sane and healthy way.
: : : Main Entry: in·eq·ui·ty
: : : Pronunciation: (")i-'ne-kw&-tE
: : : Function: noun
: : : 1 : INJUSTICE, UNFAIRNESS
: : : 2 : an instance of injustice or unfairness
: : : Main Entry: 1fal·ter
: : : Pronunciation: 'fol-t&r
: : : Function: verb
: : : 2 : to speak brokenly or weakly : STAMMER
: : : 3 a : to hesitate in purpose or action : WAVER b : to lose drive or effectiveness
: : : transitive senses : to utter hesitatingly or brokenly
: : Well, I hope for you guys who are affected, that he means it. Lotsa luck.
: What Pence said doesn't make sense as English. He could have said "will not falter in correcting [or removing or ameliorating] inequity" instead.
I know its a commonplace for politicians to claim they were misquoted, but "falter to iniquity" is so bad I have to wonder if the reporter didn't mangle the quote. After all, one doesn't get to be a Governor without being able to express a thought in simple English. (Never mind. I just thought of a major counter-example.)