Last week saw two political exchanges on the world scene — Julia Gillard’s denunciation of misogyny in Australia, and Joe Biden’s performance in the US Vice Presidential debate.

The two exchanges were notable for their words, but also for their body language, as these politicians used gestures and facial expressions to show — or hide — their true feelings.

Linguist Daniel Midgley gets political on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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It’s unlikely that 93% of our communication is non-verbal.
http://changingminds.org/explanations/behaviors/body_language/mehrabian.htm
http://science.tumblr.com/post/11503975876/science-behind-the-factoid-93-body-language

Here’s the video of Julia Gillard’s speech.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ihd7ofrwQX0

Here’s the transcript:
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/transcript-of-julia-gillards-speech-20121010-27c36.html

and here’s a breakdown.
http://www.swinburne.edu.au/chancellery/mediacentre/media-centre/news/2012/10/gillards-misogyny-speech

The speech was pretty popular.
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/15080447/pms-anti-abbott-smackdown-goes-global/

Political background
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Slipper

Joe Biden sure seemed to smile a lot at the debate.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/laughing-joe-steals-the-show-at-vice-presidential-debate/

Democrats liked seeing “Joe being Joe”. Republicans didn’t.
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/12/bidens-facial-expressions-stir-up-debate/

Wouldn’t you like to be a “body language expert”? Then you could write things like this:
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/expert-analyzes-vice-presidential-candidates-facial-expressions-debate/story?id=17464567#.UHy2oGmwU-U

‘Malarkey’ (or ‘malarky’) is a word with a murky history.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=malarkey

It burst into print very quickly.
http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=of+malarkey%2C+of+malarky&year_start=1800&year_end=2008&corpus=0&smoothing=3

If you want to call ‘malarkey’ on something, Joe Biden will malarkify it for you.
http://www.upworthy.com/malarkify