But now Safire is jumping on the topic?!?!? He's mostly pretty harmless at the moment, devoting his time to political words and turns of phrase, but has a thing on verbal tics today. What does he actually mean by this?
Sarah Palin’s repeated Americanism does not qualify as a verbal tic because she uses it consciously, along with a deliberate, nonspasmodic wink. Now that it has been widely called to her attention, is she likely to continue to use it? “You betcha!”You betcha is a signature line for her, but it turns up a lot more in parodies than in her speech. She's used it once in the VP debate, for example, with two hecks and two darns.