[Ads-l] turd tornado

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 18 13:21:42 UTC 2016

The CNNAL in question (perhaps I should have written "Veteran CNN
Anchor Lady") was born in 1980.

The problem with "turdnado" is that it sounds too much like "tornado,"
making it less effective on TV.

"_Of_ poop" sounds right to me, btw.  What am I missing? (A sharknado
_with_ poop would also contain sharks. But hmmm.....)


On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 7:34 PM, David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com> wrote:
> And anyway, as one of my Facebook friends pointed out, it should have been
> TURDNADO, following the sharknado model, which Shapiro mentioned in his
> explanation. I don't say "should have been" prescriptively, BTW, just
> observationally.
> Enviada em: quarta-feira, 17 de agosto de 2016 18:31
> Assunto: Re: turd tornado
> Poster:       Flourish Klink <flourish.klink at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject:      Re: turd tornado
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> I certainly imagine it varies by the woman! But I am not at all sure you're
> wrong, Wilson, especially among older women.
> I have another reading of the interaction, though: she so did not expect to
> hear "dirty" language in that context that she couldn't process it. "Turd
> tornado" is not common anywhere, but especially not on CNN.
> On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 5:04 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 1:44 PM, Jonathan Lighter
>> <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > CNNAL: [Covering face in embarrassment]: OK. All right. That's not
>> > quite what I expected. But OK....
>> >
>> This kind of thing happens so frequently, IME, that I've been led to
>> conclude - erroneously, according to some - that women lack the
>> command of slang that men have, purely for societal reasons. You don't
>> use that kind of language in the hearing of a woman, especially if she's a
> "nice girl."
>> Of course, I may be mistaken in my assumption that the word, _turd_,
>> was simply unknown to her and not that she's so otherly enabled that
>> the semantics of _turd tornado_ was beyond her comprehension.
>> --
>> -Wilson
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