According to the Oxford Dictionary, there are 171,476 words in the English language plus 4,000 or so subsidiary words. And, of course, as we become a more global world, we incorporate more foreign phrases and words into our speech. You'd think roughly 200,000 words would be enough for anyone to say just about anything they care to say but in the Age of Trump, it simply isn't enough.
The man hasn't been in office for a year and yet the same descriptive words over being used over and over until I yearn to hear something different to add a little pizazz to reporters' repertoire of words.
Can I go four years hearing the same things said about his mental health: unstable, unreliable, unpredictable, pathological, narcissist, egotistical, megalomaniac, schizophrenic, unbalanced?
Or his mental age: immature, childish, juvenile, sophomoric?
Or his personality: vengeful, spiteful, cruel, uncaring, hateful?
Or his character: greedy, dishonest, congenital liar, self-absorbed, disloyal?.
Or his behavior: chilling, dangerous, frightening, horrifying, unfit?
Or his speech: rude, crude, lewd, coarse, classless?
Can we stand these same words pounding into heads for the length of his term of office (assuming he makes it all the way through).
No. Eventually we'll all get bored and lose interest. Reporters are going to have to be more creative to hold our attention.
I've thought of some fun new words we might consider using.
Nickeleen - referring to a person who worships money regardless of what he has to do to obtain it.
Grumbish - a person with no regard for the feelings of others.
Plamuck - defined as a man who has no moral center.
Selfnoodle - a person who is undisciplined, with no self control.
Frassel - a pathological liar.
Feel free to use any of these if you like. Or better yet, come up with some of your own.