The college-admissions scandal has illuminated the fact that the word’s original definition was satirical. But Americans, for the most part, have ignored that entirely.
A once-simple refrain has now become weighted with conflicting political meanings.
The president’s use of the term draws on a long tradition—a way for commanders in chief to connect with people via kitchen-table economics.
Even when she taps into the colloquial vernacular that’s characteristic of her Oklahoma roots, the Democratic presidential candidate risks appearing inauthentic.
Her much-ridiculed statement that “we need wall” is a sign that the barrier may be more nebulous than imagined.
The president keeps inveighing against all the con jobs he imagines surrounding him. You could say that it takes one to know one.
Not only did the Queen of Soul change the course of music with her smash hit “Respect,” she also introduced a now-ubiquitous slang word into the American lexicon.
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A Republican Senate candidate in West Virginia recently put a 21st century spin on the vintage epithet.
The New York governor recently repeated a common, but dubious, explanation for the epithet.
In a tweet targeting former FBI Director James Comey, the president used an epithet whose origins date back 1,000 years.
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President Trump recently used the epithet to describe his outgoing National Economic Council director—but the seeds of its disparaging use were firmly planted 75 years ago.
Shithole, shithouse. Tomato, tomato.
A 1629 manuscript containing the first-known use of the term can be found at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.