Word Wars 3

Opinion  |  Dean Johns
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The funniest response I saw this past week to the escalating war of words between the leaders of the US and North Korea was the fake story by satirical site The Borowitz Report that ‘in what some security experts fear could be a high-stakes war of Elton John lyrics, minutes after Donald Trump called Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man,” the North Korean dictator responded by calling Trump “Honky Cat”.’

‘As he issued the Elton John-based attack,’ the TBR non-story continued, ‘Kim warned that he had an extensive collection of the singer-songwriter’s albums and was prepared to weaponize every lyric in them.’

Seriously, though, for those of us to whom words aren’t just lyrics but a matter of life and death, Kim Jong-un’s actual response to the ‘Rocket Man’ epithet was to call Trump ‘mentally deranged’.

A claim that came as most curious indeed from a man who is himself so dangerously deranged as to constantly threaten to blow South Koreans, Japanese, Americans or any other people within de range of his missiles to kingdom or rather Kimdom come.

Not to mention such a mortal enemy of formerly respectable words as to try and pass-off his totalitarian dictatorship as not only the ‘People’s’ in the same lying way as his big brother and chief sponsor China does, and other such anti-people pleasure-spots as Libya do, but as ‘Democratic’ into the bargain.

But even such a wrong-un as Jong-un is, as far as I’m aware he’s smart enough to avoid using the word that, thanks to both Donald Trump and Islamic terrorists, has been most recently been in the wars: ‘great’...

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