Don’t Be Afraid

by Kieran Healy on February 18, 2004

“Barbara Chamberlain, 79, also of Milwaukee, backed Edwards for the same reason,” the Associated Press reports from Wisconsin, “‘I have hope for him beating you-know-who,’ she said.”

Oh come, Barbara, you’ll just have stop living in fear and come out and say it — “Voldemort.” Now, doesn’t that make you feel better?



Ghost of a flea 02.18.04 at 4:33 am

I believe “He Who Must Not Be Named,” “You-Know-Who” and “Wossname” are all safe enough but saying that V-word out loud is a bad idea (especially if you say it five times in front of a mirror… no way, I have * so * seen that movie).


jb 02.18.04 at 6:27 am


Walt Pohl 02.18.04 at 6:28 am

Good guess, Kieran, but I think she’s really referring to Hastur the Unspeakable, aka He Who Must Not Be Named.


Carlos 02.18.04 at 11:41 am

It’s a Wisconsin thing. She’s so fed up with the fellow that she won’t say his name, but is too polite (or in mixed company) to use words more to the point. Other variants: “that so-and-so”.

It’s much more like “He is dead to me,” than it is any magical tabooing of his name for fear that he will appear. Probably would get a handbag to the face if he did.

C. — ah, my people.


Katherine 02.18.04 at 2:45 pm

I prefer “he-who-must-not-be-re*-elected”, myself.

*I know, I know.


bryan 02.19.04 at 12:14 am

hey, wasn’t Voldemort Bush the name of the first Bush? :)

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