What is "silver bullet”?

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Yesterday White House National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice testified in public before the commission investigating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

There is such a sentence in the report of the testimony:

“ She told the panel there was no "silver bullet," or simple solution, that could have prevented the attacks. “

What is "silver bullet” and what is the meaning of it?

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The meaning of silver bullet" is pretty much in the context.

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A simple remedy for a difficult or intractable problem: “There is no single silver bullet or panacea that will solve all the problems of Bay Area schools” (San Francisco Chronicle, May 18, 1995).

ETYMOLOGY: From the belief that werewolves could be killed with silver bullets.

http://www.bartleby.com/61/5/S0410550.html
 
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oops..

I thought silver bullet is the only sayin used to denote the holy bullet for killing some devils such as "Vampire" ...
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I thought silver bullet is the only sayin used to denote to the holy utility for killing "vampires"..
 

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Francois said:
Aren't silver bullets for werewolves?

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Yes, but I believe werewolves are imaginary creatures.

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Unlike vampires? ;-)
 

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Vampires are real.

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I'm off to buy some garlic.;-)
 

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Language and culture are so entwined!

There was a very popular TV show in America in the '50 - '60 period called "The Lone Ranger." He wore a black mask and white hat and rode a white horse named "Silver." He had an Indian side-kick named "Tonto" who called him "Kimosabe."

He wore two six-shooters (guns) loaded with silver bullets. As he brought every problem to a close, he left behind one of his "silver" bullets. He had a "silver" bullet simple solution for everything.

At the conclusion of every show we heard the following dialogue:
"Who was that masked man? -
Lone Ranger -Hi Ho Silver and away.
That was the Lone Ranger."

From this TV show we have several cultural sayings:

He is one of the good guys wearing the white hat (or some derivation).
There is no silver bullet for this problem.
What do you mean "we" kimosabe? (Used to distance yourself)
 
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