Say What? The Year in Memorable Quotes

Their mouths are moving, and the public can't believe what they're saying.

Big-wig politicians and pop starlets caught a huge case of foot-in-mouth disease this year. From "diablo" to "chocolate" to "macaca," the words flowed and the public dropped their collective jaws.

And we're not even talking about Kramer and Mel's tirades against blacks and Jews.

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Here are some of the most notable verbal gaffes of 2006:

"It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans — the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans. This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans." —Ray Nagin, Jan. 16, on the rebuilding of New Orleans.

"This fellow over here with the yellow shirt — Macaca or whatever his name is — he's with my opponent. He's following us around everywhere." —Sen. George Allen in August referring to a 20-year-old University of Virginia student of Indian descent, who worked for congressional challenger Jim Webb. A Macaca is a monkey.

"The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war. He said, I quote, 'Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.'" —Pope Benedict XVI quoting a Medieval text during a Sept. 12 address.

“The devil [diablo] came here yesterday. He came here talking as if he were the owner of the world. In this very spot it smells like sulfur still.” —Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sept. 20 talking about President Bush before the United Nations.

"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq." —John Kerry during an Oct. 30 address before Pasadena City College students at a rally for California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides.

"I got to party and socialize at an Olympic level." —U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller in February after missing out on five gold-medal opportunities.

And here are a few more memorable lines of 2006, not necessarily gaffes but quotable nonetheless:

"I probably did take my new found [sic] freedom a little too far. Anyway, thank God for Victoria's Secrets' [sic] new underwear line." —Britney Spears on Dec. 7, responding to pantyless photographs of herself.

"I'm the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend. And I say that's a day I'll never forget." —Vice President Dick Cheney after shooting Harry Whittington on an ill-fated February quail-hunting trip.

"It's like an amicable divorce. The legal status has changed, but the person really hasn't. It's just single again." —"Star Gazer" host Jack Horkheimer on Pluto's Aug. 25 demotion from the Solar System's ninth planet to dwarf planet.

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