Word Of The Day

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February 9, 2016 2:50 p.m.

TPM Reader ST doesn’t pussyfoot around:

While it is obvious you are all having fun with this, why are you censoring the word ‘pussy’ in your articles? Pussy is the shortened form of pussillanimous, which means coward. The woman was calling Cruz a coward for his stance on waterboarding and Trump repeated that. The idea that it must refer to female genitalia is mysogynistic and dumbing down the masses a bit too far. Yes, Trump said it was ‘a terrible word,’ but don’t let his ignorance in conflating pussy — short for pussillanimous and used as an ephitet with the vulgar expressions of p*ssy or c*nt — suggest that is what really happened last night when it didn’t; and, it shouldn’t contribute as vastly as it is right now to your own professional understanding of the English language and its delicate intricacies.

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