Come back, Oily. All is forgiven.

Okay, that’s it: It’s ITQ Edict Time. The phrase “green shaft” is now banned until further notice.

As word play goes, it was marginally amusing the first time; I’m not sure who gets the credit, but whoever you are, take a bow (or a curtsy). Not surprisingly, it has become progressively less amusing on each repetition, and now serves only to expose a tragic lack of rhetorical dexterity on the part of the user, and yes, that includes prime ministers, although to be fair, it was actually Lorne Gunter whose latest inspired this edict. It could have been anyone, though. He just happened to be on National Newswatch at the exact moment that I careened over the edge. (Don’t worry, I always land on my feet.)

Anyway, please – for the love of Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, please, please come up with a new catchphrase for the Dion plan. I’d even welcome the return of the Permanent Tax on Everything(tm) at this point. Free the Oily One!

Yes, I’m talking to you, Kory Teneycke. And you, Ryan Sparrow — and especially you, Conservative Research Group. Surely between the three of you, you can come up with something that won’t make me want to stick a fork in my eye. I know, I know – you’re not the worst offenders — there are any number of media pundits, columnists and op-edsters who have been worse. But I’m looking to you to set an example – or, at the very least provide them with a new cliche to commence beating into the ground.

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