An estimated 18 million Americans are expected to utter the word "dotard" this weekend, a term most of them have never spoke before learning this week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, aka "Li'l Rocket Man", used it to describe President Don Trump.
According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary a dotard is "a person in his or her dotage." Dotage is defined as ."a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness."
Li'l, apparently reacting to Don saying he would or could "totally destroy North Korea, was interpreted to have said "I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue. I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.",.
A lengthy put down indeed, but it was the single word "dotard" that grabbed the headlines and seemed to almost to endear itself to a public that is eager to learn more refined disses..
The previous highest usage of dotard, which meant "imbecile" when it was first used in the 14th century, was on May 1, 2003, when then-President George W. Bush, referring to the war in Iraq, said "mission accomplished" on the USS Abraham Lincoln. aircraft carrier. The "dotard" count that day was a mere 475,000, a paltry sum compared to the numbers expected both Saturday and Sunday.
Here are some sentences with the word, most of them from the website www.wordsinasentnce.com
"But, in the histories of the wars with his vassals he is often little more than a tyrannical dotard, who is made to submit to gross insult."
"When the dotard entered the political arena, very few people voted for the man due to his old age and lack of coherent explanations."
"Patience was needed by the young cashier as the 80-year old dotard was not comprehending what she was saying and seemed utterly confused about where he was."
"As the dotard slowly walked with a cane, he struggled with figuring out where the senior citizen center was located even though he had been there dozens of times."
After reading that last two examples, one is inclined to feel sorry - or even fondness - for a dotard.
Though many languages, including Swahili, German, Mandarin, Finnish and Portuguese, have no equivalent word, some do.. The French word for dotard is "radoteur". The Spanish word for dotard is "viejo chocho" which also translates to "old pussy".