| LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES "Don't Tase Me, Bro", a phrase that
swept the nation after a college student used it seeking to
stop campus police from throwing him out of a speech by U.S.
Sen. John Kerry, was named on Wednesday as the most memorable
quote of 2007.
Fred R. Shapiro, the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations,
said the plea made by University of Florida student Andrew
Meyer on September 17, accompanied by Meyer's screams as he was
tased, beat out the racial slur that cost shock jock Don Imus
his job and the Iranian president's declaration that his
country does not have homosexuals.
Shapiro said Meyer's quote was a symbol of pop culture
success. Within two days it was one of the most popular phrases
on Google and one of the most viewed videos. It also showed up
on ringtones and T-shirts.
Second on Shapiro's list was this tortuous answer by Lauren
Upton, the South Carolina contestant in the Miss Teen USA
contest in August:
"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do
so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps
and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa
and Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they
should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S.
or should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian
countries so we will be able to build up our future for us."
Upton had been asked why one-fifth of Americans are unable
to locate the United States on a map and later apologized for
her answer not making a lot of sense.
Third was Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's October
comment at Columbia University in New York, "In Iran we don't
have homosexuals like in your country."
Shock jock Don Imus comments about the Rutgers University
women's basketball team: "That's some nappy-headed hos there,"
Imus created a national outcry and lost his job at CBS
radio in April, but returned to the airwaves in December with
Other phrases on the list:
5. "I don't recall." -- Former U.S. Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales' repeated response to questioning at a
congressional hearing about the firing of U.S. attorneys.
6. "There's only three things he (Republican presidential
candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani)
mentions in a sentence: a noun and a verb and 9/11." -- Sen.
Joseph Biden, speaking at a Democratic presidential debate.
7. "I'm not going to get into a name-calling match with
somebody (Vice President Dick Cheney) who has a 9 percent
approval rating." -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a
8. "(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom." --
Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig's explanation of why his foot
touched that of an undercover policeman in a men's room.
9. "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American
who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.
I mean, that's a storybook, man." -- Biden describing rival
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
10. "I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation
around the world, this administration has been the worst in
history." -- Former President Jimmy Carter in an interview in
the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper.
(Editing by Jill Serjeant and Eric Beech)