[Ads-l] Bannon's "jumos"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 10 15:33:49 UTC 2018

A mishearing/mistranscription of "jamokes" is the only plausible
explanation. For more, see John Kelly's Strong Language post (with some
input from me).


On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 7:55 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Michael Wolff quotes Steve Bannon on the meeting with Russians in Trump
> Tower:
> "The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father's office
> on the twenty-sixth floor is zero."
> Media emphasis, during the term's fifteen minutes of fame, could fall on
> either syllable.
> Chuck Todd of MSNBC suggested facetiously that we should look it up at
> UrbanDictionary.com.
> A UD afficionado too-cleverly defined "Jumos" on Jan. 3 (Jumo Day) as
> "Junior Moscow Operatives."  Cf. the countless other faux acronyms we've
> discussed.
> https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=JUMO&utm_
> source=search-action
> I suggest that "ju 'mo" is a mishearing, by somebody along the line, of
> "jamoke," well documented in HDAS II.

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