[Ads-l] one more "tainment"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 18 09:15:20 EDT 2018

On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 9:01 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> UrbanD contrasts perineal "taint" with "gooch." What won't these
> whippersnappers dream up next?
> Earliest HDAS "taint" dates from 1970-71.
> Yes sir, nigh on half a century ago.

>From Landy's "Underground Dictionary," presumably. OED takes it back to a
bit of erotica from 1955 ("Play This Love With Me," by filmmaker Baird
Bryant writing under the pen name Willie Baron)....

1955   ‘W. Baron’ Play this Love with Me v. 62   My prick was throbbing
somewhere around her taint—you know what a woman's taint is: 'taint asshole
and 'taint cunt.

> On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 9:56 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> > You (Jon in particular, even if the T volume of HDAS hasn’t seen the
> light
> > of day) may recall the brouhaha a month ago over the deliciously named
> > “taint team”, i.e. "A taint team made up of lawyers who are not involved
> in
> > the underlying investigation will almost certainly be put in place to
> > review the materials obtained in the raid before those materials are
> handed
> > over to the prosecutorial team”
> >
> > https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/10/politics/cohen-raid-trump-
> > attorney-client-privilege/index.html
> >
> > Fittingly, the case prompting the reference to the taint team involves
> the
> > hush money Michael Cohen now concedes he paid to Stormy Daniels (whether
> or
> > not under his client’s orders) before the 2016 election.
> >
> > As the CNN piece goes on to say, "a taint team is intended to act as a
> > protective buffer between an individual subject to a seizure and
> > prosecutors when material is seized that may be privileged. "The taint
> team
> > lawyers review the documents and remove anything that is covered by the
> > attorney client privilege," CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin wrote
> in
> > an email. "They pass the non-attorney client material to the
> investigators,
> > who are not 'tainted' by contact with the privileged material.”
> >
> > But there is sure to be a lot of wrangling back and forth between
> > prosecutors and the President’s defense team over the admissibility and
> > scope of such materials, and perhaps we are in for some salacious
> > revelations.  Dare we hope for…diplotaintment?

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