While I have never issued a sympathetic MEREDITH VETO, when my husband was being driven nuts by the media’s continual reference to “red meat,” meaning “substantive attack,” I decided I could make an exception.
First of all, it’s just nasty. The visual image of raw, bloody flesh being hurled by speakers is obviously grotesque on any level.
Secondly, and most importantly, I’ll openly admit I have a dirty mind, while most people keep it to themselves. As a result, each mention of “red meat” immediately goes through a translator in my brain and comes out “penis” or “wiener.”
So, when ever a commentator on any of the networks (they all use the term) says, “She was really giving the red meat to the crowd!” or “He had no red meat in his speech,” I immediately hear, “She was really giving the wiener to the crowd!” or “He had no penis in his speech!”
You know you think it too.
I know they want to use colorful language, but I vote for sticking with “substance.”
Okay. I just looked up synonyms for “substance” and “meat” was listed. I might be out-voted on this one.
But it’s still distracting. So it gets a PENIS! I mean a VETO!