“Sticks and Stones may break my bones
But words will never hurt me…” Untrue children’s rhyme
Epithets and insults have been memorable these past two years. From the US presidential campaign to the post-election rallies to the UN General Assembly speeches. Almost all of them dished out by Donald Trump:
– Look at That Face (Trump mocking Carly Fiorina)!
– Little Rubio (Trumo mocking Marco, who famously confided to the media that Trump has a small, er, hand)!
– Lying Ted (Trump describing Sentor Ted Cruz)!
– Low Energy (Trump about Jeb Bush? Ben Carson)!
– Crooked Hillary (Trump for Clinton)!
– Rocket Man (Trump about Kim Jong Un)!
Now the Iranians have picked up the term “rogue”, a favorite epithet used by US politicians against other nations. Trump and Rouhani traded “rogue” name-calling at the UN General Assembly this week.
But the top prize, the Oscar, the Nobel of epithets goes to an alleged North Korean Twitter source: “Impotent threats by international shouting magnate Donald Trump are dismissed, as the twitchings of a Dog licking its flea-riddled scrotum.”
That trumped Trump, and probably stumped him as well.
M Haider Ghuloum