Saturday, September 23, 2017

Quotes of the Day: Kimmel takes on Trump over Graham-Cassidy bill and Kim labels Trump a "dotard"

Quote #1: “He doesn’t know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. He barely knows the difference between Melania and Ivanka.”

The first quote is from Jimmy Kimmel’s continuing battle against the Graham-Cassidy anti-health bill reported by the Huffington Post in Kimmel, Atop Scorched Earth, Takes Aim At Trump Over Health Care Bill.

Quote #2: “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire”

Do tell. Dotard? The Washington Post did some digging to explain “dotard” reported in A short history of ‘dotard,’ the arcane insult Kim Jong Un used in his threat against Trump.

The Post’s reporters traced the word from the 1600s to present. Excerpts follow.

According to Google’s Ngram Viewer, which can search for words printed between 1500 and 2008, use of “dotard” spiked in Shakespeare’s time, then surged again in the 1800s before falling out of favor.

An Associated Press reporter who was once based in Pyongyang noted on Twitter that she’d been inside the Korean Central News Agency newsroom, where “they’re using very old Korean-English dictionaries,” which might explain how the arcane word wound up back in the news.

While the English version of Kim’s statement calls Trump a “dotard,” the Korean version actually calls him a “lunatic old man,” according to Anna Fifield, The Washington Post’s Tokyo bureau chief who covers North Korea.

It’s worth noting that Thursday wasn’t the first time anybody had referred to Trump as a dotard.

In May, writing in Esquire, Charles P. Pierce described the president as “a blundering dotard.”

… Twitter users, predictably, had some fun with the suddenly trending term. [For example:] “Kim Jong Un calling Trump a #dotard means he’s used an English dictionary at least one more time than Trump.”

So it seems to Scriber that Quote #1, if accurate, would be evidence supporting the label in Quote #2. And let’s hope all this name-calling stops short of the “fire” threatened by both Kim and Trump.

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