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flowomo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:46 PM
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Sum up Geraldo in 4 letters.... get on the radio!
Jim Romanesko received this letter:

From PETER SAGAL, host, "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me": For once, I find myself in agreement with Geraldo Rivera. He expresses confusion in regard to the New York Times Public Editor Byron Calame's dig at him, "One of the real tests of journalistic integrity is being fair to someone who might best be described by a four-letter word."

"What four letter word did he have in mind?" asks Geraldo.

That's what I wondered, too, when I read the item. There are a lot of commonly used epithets that come to mind when describing Mr. Rivera, and some of them have four letters, and some of them are sufficiently obscene to require euphemizing, but I couldn't think of any that were both four letters and dirty. Seven letters, sure. Twelve letters -- a little extreme, but I can see it.

There is the common scatalogical noun, but used by itself, as metonymy for a person, it seems vague and insufficient when describing someone of Geraldo's grandeur.

There's the Yiddish putz, which fits the subject -- particularly considering his background -- but it strikes me as a bit too obscure, even for Times readers, to require this kind of polite mouth-covering.

Mr. Rivera had his own suggestion: "Hero." I ask the learned readers of Romenesko: What's yours? Especially evocative ideas will be considered for our radio show this week.


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Sub Atomic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:47 PM
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1. dolt
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democracyindanger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:48 PM
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2. joke nt
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Rosco T. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:48 PM
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3. dick. dork. dumb. over. lost. fool. wimp. wuss. lame. limp. n/m
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:50 PM
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4. Turd?
nt
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Hello_Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:51 PM
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5. Hack. n/t
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unrepuke Donating Member (763 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:52 PM
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6. "Hero"? He's a legend in his own mind.
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:53 PM
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7. twit
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lanlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:53 PM
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8. jerk
he is such a jerk.
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vademocrat Donating Member (962 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:54 PM
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9. Barf
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:54 PM
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10. Jerk
dope

or the ever popular s--t
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:55 PM
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11. n-u-t-z...
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:57 PM
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12. Dork. n/t

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flakey_foont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:59 PM
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13. WNKR
I'd like to buy 2 vowels, Vanna
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Lilith Velkor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:05 PM
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14. Tool
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JohnnyBoots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:06 PM
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15. NASS
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:15 PM
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16. nass?
define for us slower membranes of the Humane Race, please.
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JohnnyBoots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:23 PM
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19. He is aN ASS.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:17 PM
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17. Tart--as in you-know-what. But putz still nails it best. nt
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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:19 PM
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18. T-W-A-T
:puke:
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:32 PM
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20. PUSS
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flowomo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:03 AM
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21. don't forget to send your suggestions to Sagal...
his e-mail address is on the hotlink of his name at the website given in the OP. And mention you belong to DU.... he'll mention it too.
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