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and move to something stronger "depending on how the evening goes."
'Coalition' drinking game the new buzz
According to Elmer, part of the fun is that these pop politics diversions evolve with the language of a government or campaign.
a bilingual Quebecer. "But I tip my hat to Duceppe for debating in English because the other three don't have an easy time of it in the French debate. And can you imagine McCain and Obama debating in Spanish? Please."
But Marco hastened to add that players should probably be assigned an individual buzzword or party leader, rather than having to take a shot at every utterance of every expression.
Both a social media meme and an actual practice, the game has since come to include the rhetoric of every party leader, with the addition of such talking points as "families" (Drink!), "Ottawa is broken" (Drink!), and "sandwich generation" (Drink!).
"It's very comical," said Connors, Omega Seamaster 2254
Some of the words for which he suggests fellow imbibers listen include "families," "hardworking Canadians," "fighter jets" and, naturally, "coalition."
Although lighthearted in nature, a Canadian Internet politics researcher said it's a compelling expression of how the digitization of political discourse is aiding the spread of buzzwords but also shortening their shelf life.
"The media landscape has contributed to this renewed interest in the repetition of political slogans and talking points," said Greg Elmer, a professor of new media at Ryerson University in Toronto. "It raises an interesting question: at what point does (scripted dialogue) become circular and mind numbing, or, more importantly, does the Canadian public start to Omega Seamaster Automatic Gold see it as tiring?"
In the context of the Canadian election, we've already seen at least one shift in parlance: Elmer noted that the talking points at the beginning of the campaign were more character driven (opportunistic, reckless), whereas the opposition parties are now using more issues based terms (families, Tim Hortons health care).
The "coalition" drinking game was sparked on Twitter shortly after a Brampton, Ont., speech in which Stephen Harper dropped the political c bomb a full 21 times in 10 minutes. From that point forward, every time the Conservative leader used the contentious term, the rules dictated that a shot must be swigged.
In January, the mention of "hope" during the address demanded "one wishful shot," "stimulus" meant a shot of espresso or coffee liqueur, while "investment" wryly dictated that players hide a shot under their bed and "drink it the next time the Dow drops 100 points."
Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe places the inflection on the wrong syllable or makes up a word altogether.
Lucas Marco, a political science graduate from Victoria, said he plans to "take in the leaders debate with a bottle of something strong."
"I find it quite interesting that the Liberal Party in particular hasn't come up with any buzzwords about change or hope or renewal which, of course, worked so well for Obama," said Elmer.
Ken Connors, a radio announcer with The Q in Montreal, said he and his wife plan to play the drinking game during the upcoming leaders' debate. They'll probably start with red wine "in keeping with the Canadian spirit, it'll have to be something from Jackson Triggs or Mission Hill" Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 3551.50
Connors said they'll take a shot for every mention of "kitchen table," "coalition," "family" or "families," and every time Omega Watches Women 2017
If Canadians are hanging on politicians' every word this election, there's a good chance it's because alcohol is involved.
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