“Mistakes were made”

The Wikipedia entry for "Mistakes were made" features a list of 13 instances the phrase has been used in the past when it's clearly fucking obvious that mistakes were made, but come on, how could anyone be at fault for those mistakes! The use of the passive voice is supposed to remove responsibility for the mistakes. The latest entry: "On January 14, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, during his State of the State address, said "mistakes were clearly made" in reference to the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal."


Via @A_Grossman