Video of the Day: Propes! Why Rick Perry Shouldn't Use Slang

By Chris Good
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Rick Perry Makes His Debate Debut

Skip to 6:10 in the video above before reading this post.

There's a hot new word on the street, yo! Not "bama." Not "hyphee." Naw, son, it's "propes!" As in:

But let me just say something about the president of the United States. And I know he's -- he's taken lots of slings and arrows here today. But one thing that I want to say that he did do that I agree with is that he maintained the -- the chase and -- and we took out a very bad man in the form of bin Laden, and I -- and I tip my hat to him.

I give more propes to those Navy SEALs that did the job...

Straight from the lips of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), cuz!

NBC's transcript charitably recorded it as "props," but we know the truth: Perry is mo' John Blaze than all them jawns in the 2012 Republican presidential primary! On the real tip, youngin.

That moment in Wednesday's GOP debate, caught by the keen-eared Juli Weiner of Vanity Fair, reminded us of another awesome time when a super-cool Republican presidential candidate dropped some slang. Greeted by a group of black voters in Jacksonville, Fla., during the 2008 election, Mitt Romney inexplicably asked them, "Who let the dogs out?" Good question.

The obvious conclusion here is that politicians, particularly old white guys, should probably avoid slang altogether when trying to get elected president. It just doesn't end well.

And by that I mean: Step up your vocab, Perry! Word is bond.

Video credit: MSNBC, 5min.com, Juli Weiner

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