"It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words."

That was Syme speaking in 1984.  Fast forward to 2011:

It appears that America is rapidly being transformed into an Orwellian caricature...Even the basic precepts of the English language are no longer applicable.
 
In the interest of fairness and balance, a budget cuts language reference guide is in order.
 
Budget Cuts - Sanity version
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Minute = 1-1.6%
Minor = 1.7-3%
Small = 4-6%
Average = 7-10%                                           
Large = 11-15%
Significant = 16-20%
Serious = 21-25%
Drastic = 26-30%
Severe = 31-35%
Draconian = 36-40%
 
Budget Cuts - Insanity version
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Draconian = 1-1.6%
Catastrophic = 2-3%
Demonic = 4-5%
Apocalyptic = 6-10%