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    "a vote-tracking system named—of all things—Gordon"

    Hello,

    In the Yahoo News story Analysis: Why Mitt Romney may have taken so long to concede, it says:

    Political campaigns these days live or die by the analytics, and PBS pointed out the marine metaphors carried over to the Obama camp, which nicknamed its process Dreamcatcher and Narwhal, and then shifted to a vote-tracking system named—of all things—Gordon.

    I don't understand why it says 'of all things' here. I don't understand if 'Gordon' has anything to do with the marine metaphors, but even if it does, still it is not clear why it says 'of all things'.

    Thank you

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    Re: "a vote-tracking system named—of all things—Gordon"

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Hello,

    In the Yahoo News story Analysis: Why Mitt Romney may have taken so long to concede, it says:

    Political campaigns these days live or die by the analytics, and PBS pointed out the marine metaphors carried over to the Obama camp, which nicknamed its process Dreamcatcher and Narwhal, and then shifted to a vote-tracking system named—of all things—Gordon.

    I don't understand why it says 'of all things' here. I don't understand if 'Gordon' has anything to do with the marine metaphors, but even if it does, still it is not clear why it says 'of all things'.

    Thank you
    "Of all things" means "out of all the names they could possibly have chosen".
    I think the point they are making about Gordon is that it is rather mundane. The other processes were given rather unusual and interesting names (Dreamcatcher and Narwhal) but this had a somewhat dull and boring name (with apologies to any users of this forum called Gordon!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "a vote-tracking system named—of all things—Gordon"

    @emsr2d2, thank you for the explanation.

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