Did Kim Jong Un call Donald Trump ‘dotard’ or ‘old beast lunatic’?
Some Twitter users said while Donald Trump may have won Round 1 by calling Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man”, the North Korean leader had taken Round 2 with “dotard”.world Updated: Sep 22, 2017 18:49 IST
On Friday, web search engines the world over lit up with people looking for the obscure 14th century term “dotard”, which the Oxford Dictionary defines as “an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile”.
The reason? Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea’s regime, had used the late middle English word derived from “doten” (to dote) to refer to US President Donald Trump in a fiery speech.
Kim, who was responding to Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly in which he had threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, used a lot of names and derogatory terms to refer to the American leader – including “mentally deranged”, “political layman” and “a gangster fond of playing with fire”.
The North Korean strongman rounded off his speech by warning to tame “the mentally deranged US dotard with fire”.
That, of course, was in the English translation of Kim’s speech by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Things get much more colourful in the Korean version of the speech.
According to North Korea-watchers, the Korean term used by Kim - “neulg-dali-michigwang-i” - literally translates as “old lunatic” or the even more colourful “old beast lunatic”.
The English version of Kim Jong Un's fiery statement calls Trump "dotard." The Korean version says "늙다리미치광이" = lunatic old man pic.twitter.com/LNXWsJLtBB— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) September 21, 2017
The Korean original statement said "늙다리 미치광이," which means old beast lunatic -- which was translated into "dotard." https://t.co/2uQ0Xsxe2X— Jihye Lee 이지혜 (@TheJihyeLee) September 21, 2017
Some Twitter users pointed out that while Trump may have won Round 1 by calling Kim “Rocket Man”, the North Korean had taken Round 2 with “dotard”.
Trump will never escape the #dotard moniker now! Who would think that Kim Jong-Un would be the one to give him an effective nickname.— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) September 21, 2017
And then Kim Jong-Un called Donald Trump a dotard. pic.twitter.com/IGHB0GqKZD— Gerren Peterson (@GerrenPeterson) September 22, 2017