Yes, we’re having this discussion.
As the fallout over Trump’s alleged remark about the U.S. accepting people from “shithole” countries continues, we might be all getting angry about the wrong word.
The word uttered, according to a tweet by Washington Post’s White House reporter Josh Dawsey, apparently might be “shithouse.”
White House official told me tonight there is debate internally on whether Trump said “shithole” or “shithouse.” Perdue and Cotton seem to have heard latter, this person said, and are using to deny.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 15, 2018
While the debate over the exact word Trump used doesn’t dilute the malice of it, it did lead to people wondering if “shithouse” was actually a word.
“Shithouse” isn’t a thing people say.
— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) January 15, 2018
Of British origin, “shithouse” means an outhouse, and is also a more enjoyable way of saying “shit.” It can be used as a slang word for poor quality, or when used in the idiom “built like a brick shithouse” it means something or someone with a tough physique.
The word was even a punchline in 1993’s Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Maybe Donald’s a fan.
It’s a pretty common expression in Australia.
Australia disagrees! It’s an absolutely commonplace word, ie. that was a shithouse tweet.
— MsStableGeniusPraxis (@MsPraxis) January 15, 2018
come visit Australia mate, you’ll hear it three times before you get out of the airport
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) January 15, 2018
I find that Australians I know say it a lot.
— Henry C.J. Jackson (@henrycjjackson) January 15, 2018
Regardless, whatever Trump said, it’s a pretty shithouse thing for him to say.