[Ads-l] blood in one's eye; hormonal; to "late-night angry-tweet"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 9 14:24:49 UTC 2015

I can't find this familiar idiom in OED, but 30 seconds of research finds
an 1800 ex. in GB.

It mean's, of course, "intent on killing; (hence) intent on victory,
revenge, etc."

For those who've been visiting the off-world colonies, Donald Trump told
CNN Friday that, when questioning him in the debate, Megyn Kelly "had blood
coming out of her eyes, coming out of her...wherever."

What Trump may have meant by "wherever" is now the hottest political topic
in America. It's completely overshadowing the issue of whether it's
presidential to fulminate a leading journalist for asking an embarrassing
question on TV - and calling her in tweets and retweets a "bimbo,"  the
"biggest loser of the night," "astonishingly biased," and "funny to watch."

Trump has also tweeted and repeated that only a "deviant" or a "sick
person" would interpret what he didn't say as referring to Kelly's, er, you
know.  He says he was thinking "ears" or "nose" but decided (wisely) to
move on.

(At least it's good to know that *I'm* not "sick" or a "deviant," since the
gross menopausal interpretation did not occur to me.  Nor, if you can
believe them, did it occur to my wife or to my two old grad school buddies
who've spent their careers in the law. Are they putting me on?)

But the second linguistic point is Trump's assertion that "blood coming out
of [one's] eyes" is a "very common expression." (He repeated it today with

News to me.  Is it a rare eggcorn for "blood in  one's eye," or is it
really a "very common" eggcorn?

The mediopolitical word of the weekend is "hormonal."  It has been said
again and again that Trump meant Kelly was "hormonal" for asking him why he
has berated certain women who disagree with him as "fat pigs," "dogs," and
"animals." (Part 2 of the question was how Trump might defend himself
against Clintonian charges that he is "part of the War on Women)."

The new sense of "hormonal"  - 'affected by menopause; (hence) in a foul or
aggressive mood' - isn't in OED *or* HDAS.


Washington Post

"Donald Trump late-night angry-tweets Megyn Kelly, and it is epic."

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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