It is wondrous to behold how politicians communicate to the lowest common denominator of voters. Yesterday, U.S. President Bush said, ''I'm the decider." He did not use the more traditional phrase, "decision maker." He did not go out on a limb as others have by saying "I am accountable," or "It is my decision." He did not dodge responsibility by using the passive, "the decision was made."
"Decider" is more commonly used in sports, to refer to a match that results in a winner.
Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, said last June at the Stanford commencement, "...believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the
confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the
well-worn path, and that will make all the difference."
Great speech, but familiar sounding. If you parse his words, you see they're a mashup of sayings and lyrics, some attributable, others just very familiar.
...the dots will connect (ancient idiom, probably invented by star-gazers)
down the road (Woody Guthrie)
follow your heart (Confucius)
well-worn path (traditional idiom)
and that will make all the difference. (Robert Frost)