Katie Couric's Notebook: Wee Wee Up

Neology is the invention of a new word, or giving a new meaning to an old one. And in his book "Presidential Voices," Allan Metcalf tells us some of our presidents were proud neologists.

Jackson gets credit for "dead duck." Harding for "bloviate," and Teddy Roosevelt for "lunatic fringe."

George W. Bush coined "mis-underestimate," and called a tree expert an "arbo-tree-ist."

And now, President Obama has introduced us all to: "wee-wee'd up."

Talking about the fussing and fuming over health care reform, he said, "There's something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all 'wee wee'd up.'"

Translation: people are so excited, they, uh, lose control.

We'll have to see whether the phrase makes it into popular culture and the dictionary. Or goes the way of Jefferson's "de-barrass," which means to un-embarrass yourself.

Something people in Washington rarely do.

That's a page from my Notebook.
I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.



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