President Donald J. Trump likes his simple insults eg rocket man. Kim Jong-un likes his fancy insults eg Dotard.
So, who wins in the diction dule? Well, I must give the victory to Kim Jong-un, for clever diction. The New York Times asked How Harsh Is That Burn?
It is harsh and apt. Dotard means a person in a feeble and childish state due to old age. It’s a translation of “neukdari,” a Korean word that refers to elderly people in a derogatory manner, reforts the ap. The NYT expands on it saying:
The Korean word Mr. Kim used for “dotard” was “neukdari,” a common derogatory term for an old person. The connotation is someone who is lazy, useless and demented. It goes without saying but dotard trended on Twitter and yes the people had fun. Here is some of the reaction:
I don’t even think there’s a comeback after somebody calls you a #dotard
– Gloria Fallon (@GloriaFallon123) September 22, 2017 How the fuck did I spend this much time on earth without having #dotard in my insult arsenal? Now I’m actually old enough to BE one.
– Denis Leary (@denisleary) September 22, 2017 By making people look up the word #dotard , Kim Jong Un has done more for American education than Betsy DeVos.
– The Incredible Sulk (@TurnUp_TheTweet) September 22, 2017 Rocket man & Dotard meet in nambia to avoid another bowling green massacre, Obama tapes the entire thing via microwave #dotard
– rjb (@RobinJOJO) September 22, 2017 Trump will never escape the #dotard moniker now! Who would think that Kim Jong-Un would be the one to give him an effective nickname.
– Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) September 21, 2017 Dear American Journalists, Shame on you for allowing Kim Jong Un to be the first person to call Donald a dotard. Shame. On. You. #dotard .
– Frederick Douglass (@HITEXECUTIVE) September 21, 2017 Whoa. It takes a strange kind of genius to pick a word that makes everybody find a dictionary and go “Holy cow, he IS a #dotard .
– Amy Hunt ?? (@amyhuntindallas) September 21, 2017 I wonder if a #Dotard can get #cofveve in #Nambia .? Asking for someone who may need to “leave” the US soon. #TrumpRussia ??
– Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) September 22, 2017 I hate it when Kim Jong-Un is borderline right in his description of the American president #dotard https://t.co/8Qr4LSwmLs
– Will Saetren (@WillSaetren) September 22, 2017 Is this a word I can use in scrabble? #bigly #dotard
– Nayna (@River70) September 22, 2017
It should be noted “The word has appeared on the pages of The New York Times just 10 times since 1980, always in the paper’s arts coverage. “A favorite theme of the medieval fabliau is the May-December tale of the dotard husband cuckolded by his young wife,” began one book review in 1986.
The word makes a few appearances in Shakespeare. “I speak not like a dotard nor a fool,” Leonato says in “Much Ado About Nothing.” .
And Herman Melville used it in a poem about a shark . “Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull, Pale ravener of horrible meat.
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