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This week the elephant in the room was:
  • Hillary Clinton (2 votes)*
  • Race (2 votes)
  • Retiring baby boomers
  • Women in comedy over a certain age
  • Not the Republican mascot
  • The Trade Center towers
  • Iran
  • Death
  • The requirement for all new aquaculture management areas to require a private plan change to a Regional Coastal Plan
  • Brother Nick (not so much)
  • Madden NFL 09
  • Former husband Gabby Concepcion or a 300-pound gorilla
  • Something that is growing more obese this decade
  • Something that gets shot with a bazooka
  • Ein amerikanische Ausdruck
  • An elephant
  • *(or maybe it’s the media’s hatred of Hillary)
The elephant weighed:
  • 800 pounds
  • 9,000 pounds
  • 10,000 pounds
The elephant has or has not been:
  • featured
  • recognized
  • embraced
  • contended with
  • dared to be talked about
  • openly acknowledged
  • growing more obese
  • stumbled into
  • included as a reminder
  • shot
What a versatile creature!
You will see in the quotations below that the elephant in the room and the white elephant have merged at least once. The elephant in the room has probably also met the 800-pound gorilla who sits wherever he wants. (An 800-pound gorilla is a big gorilla, but an 800-pound elephant would be much less than pygmy-sized. Not very formidable at all.)
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  • The media inadvertently stumbled into the elephant in the room—and I don’t mean the Republican mascot.
  • Well that’s all well and good but the problem is, is that there’s a big, fat white elephant in the room that no one wants to see.
    That white elephant is the major structural problem in aquaculture and that is the requirement for all new aquaculture management areas to require a private plan change to a Regional Coastal Plan.
  • One colleague says that in meetings I don’t just point out the elephant in the room, I shoot it with a bazooka and wind up covered in elephant guts—not exactly promotion material.
  • Perhaps most important on the international level is how all this political jockeying will affect the 10,000-pound elephant in the room: Iran.
  • The only elephant in the room is, of course, the Trade Center towers themselves.
  • “There’s this giant elephant in the room, Hillary Clinton, that he still has to contend with,” said Costas Panagopoulos, director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy at Fordham University.
  • Now he is suffering from over-exposure, under-preparation, and the return of the 800 pound elephant to the room. […] Then there is the 800 pound elephant in the room. By that, I mean Hellary Clinton, no disrespect to 800 pound elephants.
  • Spears was the headliner for last year’s VMAs, where she famously sleepwalked through her ‘Gimme More’ performance, and the spot included a 9,000 pound elephant in the room as a reminder.
  • Die Anwesenheit des Elefanten ist eine Anspielung auf den amerikanischen Ausdruck ‘The elephant in the room’. Dieser wird gebraucht, wenn jemand beharrlich eine peinliche Tatsache aus dem Privatleben seiner Begleitung ignoriert.
  • Spears nam donderdag samen met MTV-host Russell Brand en een olifant het filmpje op om de show aan te kondigen.
    De olifant, voor de gelegenheid natuurlijk genoemd ‘the elephant in the room’, was getuige van een interessant gesprekje tussen Brit en Russ.
  • Then there’s brother Nick, not so much the elephant in the room, but the ex-junkie now serving time at a nearby correctional centre.
  • Race is the elephant in the room, but few will openly acknowledge its role in this unprecedented presidential race.
  • “It is this elephant in the room that’s been growing more obese this decade that everyone refuses to recognize,” said Edmund J. McMahon, director of the Empire Center for New York State Policy, a conservative think tank.
  • Of course, throughout the three-hour concert, former husband Gabby Concepcion was the elephant in the room, or the 300-pound gorilla that no one dared talk about onstage.
  • Flamish also believes that as a hospice social worker, she has an obligation to educate the people in her life about death and dying. “Death becomes the elephant in the room and no one really wants to talk about it,” she explained. “I feel some obligation to inform people in my life that death doesn’t have to be a painful experience.”
  • Then there’s Chapter Three of the Two Toms’ story, which features the elephant in the room: retiring baby boomers.
  • Rather than cop out as I did those two weeks ago and choose co-winners, I’m going to embrace the elephant in the room and just acknowledge that the release that everyone has their eye on this week is Madden NFL 09
  • There is also the elephant in the room of women in comedy over a certain age.
  • All the items above were published in the week ending 11 Aug 2008 Central Daylight Time. See Elephant in the room at Wikipedia. Search on ‘elephant in the room’ using Clusty, AlltheWeb, Google, Google Scholar, Icerocket (blogs).

    LinkAugust 14, 2008 in Language