[Ads-l] "schlong", the verb -- not in OED

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 23 04:23:51 UTC 2015

Ellen Turkish was talking about her entire Student Government slate,
which was led by a male student (Larry Yermack). And in the other
examples I mention in Politico, we have Dick Morris talking about
George W. Bush in the midterm elections of '06 and Neal Conan talking
about the Mondale/Ferraro ticket of '84. So this isn't just a matter
of female candidates, despite Trump's icky usage.

On Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 10:56 PM, David Daniel wrote:
> If "getting schlonged" only applies to female candidates (or defeated
> females in general), as Trump's usage and the Ellen Turkish example below
> seem to imply, then we may have another issue here beyond simple vulgarity.
> Ben Zimmer wrote:
>> On Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 1:18 PM, Joel Berson wrote:
>>> It is alleged that Trump yesterday said Hilary Clinton got "schlonged"
>>> in her 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama.
>>> Apparently he also has called Clinton a "schmuck".=3DC2=3DA0 Obscenities
>>> are apparently OK if they're voiced in the obscure, dying language of
>>> a detested and decimated minority.
>> Here's my take on schlong-gate:
>> http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/12/donald-trump-schlong-perils-of-vulgarity-213459
>> As I note there, "schlong" =3D 'defeat soundly' is attested back to 1967 in
>> in NYC usage.
>> 1967 _The Campus_ (City College of New York) 17 May 3/3 Yermack and his
>> followers decided not to wait for the official results; they knew there
>> would be no startling changes in the trend. As Ellen Turkish, running for
>> Council '68, put it: "We got schlonged."
>> http://digital-archives.ccny.cuny.edu/thecampus/1967/MAY_120_19/00000039.PDF

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