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  •  Wish he hadn't used "harpy" (2+ / 0-)
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    Upper West, TealTerror

    You don't need sexist language to eviscerate Noonan.  But that was the only lapse I noticed.  (And balanced to some degree by the memory of Noonan criticizing then-First Lady Clinton as "squat".)

    •  Sexist language? (2+ / 0-)
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      ozsea1, buffie

      Harpy

      As defined by Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary --

      First definition: "a foul malign creature in Greek mythology that is part woman and part bird"

      Next definition: a predatory person : leech

      Third definition: a shrewish woman

      I think Charlie P has a sufficient classical education to be invoking the first definition.

      •  Even mythological harpies (0+ / 0-)

        are only foul malign women.

        And Charlie Pierce is also well-educated enough to know that its chief vernacular meaning is therefore that of a particularly unpleasant woman.

        Me, I'd just call her an asshole.

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