[Ads-l] Query from Huffington Post: "Dumpster Fire" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 12 12:03:12 EDT 2016


It may not be more evocative, but it is easier to combine with an image via
social media. Also, it is not NSFW.
On May 11, 2016 4:13 PM, "Laurence Horn" <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:

I can't answer the query but I wanted to register my skepticism at the
claim that "dumpster fire" in this sense is more "evocative" that the
alternative metaphors Mr. Sherwood provides, such as "clusterfuck" and
"shitstorm", both of which strike me as quite evocative enough.

LH

> On May 11, 2016, at 4:05 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) <
william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL> wrote:
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> Of possible interest:
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https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__blog.oxforddictionaries.com_2016_05_dumpster-2Dfire_&d=AwIGaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=0oxcH4ScD2KNByYiKwfajjNNp8dNYcp_Byatl2glj_c&s=OX4074ZH2E0Sng3FuJXSQO6eKrPW-SZYrCUVbo0p3qs&e=
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>> Today I received the request below about "dumpster fire"  but don't have
an answer.
>> Would someone else perhaps be able to help?
>>
>> Gerald Cohen
>>
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>> From: Claire Fallon [claire.fallon at huffingtonpost.com]
>> Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 1:59 PM
>> To: Cohen, Gerald Leonard
>> Subject: HuffPost interview query: "Dumpster fire"
>>
>> Hi Gerald,
>>
>> I'm a Books and Culture writer at HuffPost, and I'm working on an
article about the phrase "dumpster fire" and its rather sudden ubiquity as
>> an insult. I'm interested in speaking to lexicographers like yourself
who might have some insight on its rise to popularity.
>>
>> Please let me know if you'd be interested in speaking to me for the
article; I'd love to hear your thoughts!
>>
>> Best,
>> Claire
>>
>> --
>> Claire Fallon
>> Books & Culture Writer | THE HUFFINGTON POST
claire.fallon at huffingtonpost.com
>>
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