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Over at Atlantic.com Dana Milbank has compiled "A Berlitz guide to Washington English".  Here are a few of her ‘translations’…

I have great respect for the senior senator.
I am about to drill my elderly colleague a new one.

We have full confidence in his integrity.
We will cut him loose by nightfall.

I don’t pay attention to the polls.
My job-approval rating is 32 percent.

It’s time to stop playing politics.
The other party has a winning political issue.

As I said in my Wall Street Journal op-ed last week …
I am so important that I can quote myself.

Thank you for the very frank and candid discussion.
You just spit in my eye.

Other translations are welcome in the thread below…

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