You say shithole, he apparently said shithouse - shall we call the whole thing off?


We’re going to go back and link to this story from the older stories which used the “shithole” phrase and hope this entire subject goes away for a while until the next round of word wars. You’re welcome to add to this in EDIT or TALK but we’re hoping for a break on this debate.

Help! In a subtlety that may be lost on most amateur students of the art of swearing, or the English language for that matter, the White House appears to be “flying a kite” with the suggestion that the president of the United States was misquoted as calling Haiti and African countries “shitholes.” What he really said was apparently “shithouse.”

The New York Times quoted a source — using the classically discreet “on condition of anonymity” — as saying President Trump said “shithouse countries” last Thursday, not “shithole.” While that’s a distinction that may escape many people it fits with Trump’s insistence in a Tweet after the row broke that he had used “tough” language but not the exact word.

The Times, referring to Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, reported:

However, the discreet leak of an alternative vulgarity is unlikely to assuage the African Union, the United Nations, Haiti, or any number of other groups and people taken aback that the leader of the free world would write off entire nations as “shit”-whatevers.

Here’s, hopefully, the last couple of links you may need to the definitive answer on whether the shithole/shithouse row matters or whether we’re all numbed to this sort of thing now:
– Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, asked whether anything happened in the week since publication to reinforce his portrayal of the president as an out of control man-child: “One hundred percent of what has happened in the last week has certainly reinforced the character of this president and this administration that I have portrayed in the book…to yesterday his remarks about the “shithole” countries in the world – which he has now denied as he has denied so many things in my book. He will deny anything.”
– The “shithouse defense,” explained: how Trump’s allies are trying to dig him out of his “shithole”, from political and social analysis site Vox, puts the whole fiasco in context.
Fox News focused on Trump’s defense of his language against attacks from Democrats.

We’re going to go back and link to this story from the older stories which used the “shithole” phrase and hope this entire subject goes away for a while until the next round of word wars. You’re welcome to add to this in EDIT or TALK but we’re hoping for a break on this debate.

 

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