Schlonged?

The great controversy over Donald Trump’s “Yiddish.”

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa on December 29, 2015. AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File.

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa on December 29, 2015. AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File.

Observation
Jan. 13 2016
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Philologos, the renowned Jewish-language columnist, appears twice a month in Mosaic. Questions for him may be sent to his email address by clicking here.


Having been involved in my previous two columns with the love of neighbors, I had no chance until now to participate in the great controversy over Donald Trump’s Yiddish. Perhaps this is just as well, because now that the furor has abated over what exactly Trump said, meant to say, thought he had said, or should be blamed or not blamed for saying when he remarked on December 21 that Hillary Clinton was “schlonged” in her 2008 primary loss to Barack Obama, it is possible to make a few summarizing observations.

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