The word showed up in coverage of the increasingly bizarre fight between Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his Republican opponents. In the latest round, Republican operative Roger Stone is accused of having left a nasty message on the answering machine of Spitzer's elderly father.
(Apparently Stone's no longer welcome. He just announced that he'll no longer do work for New York State Republican senators, who are determined to go after Spitzer over a scandal involving spying on how state aircraft were used by Republicans.)
The Times Is Okay With This 'Shit'
It's official: Profanity is allowed in the New York Times. From the Times' recap of a voice mail left to Eliot Spitzer's father:
In the message, the caller says, referring to a potential subpoena: "There is not a goddamn thing your phony, psycho, piece-of-shit son can do about it. Bernie, your phony loans are about to catch up with you. You will be forced to tell the truth and the fact that your son's a pathological liar will be known to all."
Daniel Radosh and Language Log note that this is not the first time.