Previously not knowing the full gamut of contextual nuance stemming from a charge of "turdblossomry" myself, I just conducted an exhaustive 5 minute
comparative historical linguistics selected etymology survey, got bored, and made up the following...
Once merely a southern colloquial literally
referring to the flowering weeds springing up from fields mined in cow manure
, the use of
took on new meaning (circa 1950) as applied to fantastical lies sprung from nuggets of truth
(esp. from children).
Note however, prior to this widening of use, the underlying premise of turdblossomry most likely entered the American psyche as relating to
the special evil genius of children from the Mark Twain characters of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (circa 1870).
By the 1960's though and the mainstream advent of television there was hardly a negative connotation to the charge at all in it's proper context of
referring to the outrageous fibs of children attempting to cover up unrelated matters of truancy (esp. refers to family dominated TV sitcom story
Examples from the historic vernacular:
Boy, that Opie sure can tell some turdblossoms.
Yes Sir, that Eddie Haskell is a turdblossom alright.
It was in this transition from the literal aspect of flowering manure, to the rather pointed analogy of a flowering lie based on a hidden truth, to
the ultimate acceptance of the practice "as adorable" by the national US television audience, that a generation (esp. southern) took note and
incorporated the philosophy of "turdblossomism" into their moral framework and future careers.
While the blossoming of a turd
may in part be understood in the Public Relations vernacular of "spin" or "damage control" (asserting the
positive implications over the negative) in full context a turdblossom
goes beyond as an outright and even obvious lie, that people scramble to
devour in spite of themselves... delicious turd and all.
evidences appear to support
this evolution with it's offering of a turdblossom
being one Karl Rove (with the nickname even being attributed by George Bush
Turd Blossom to Ride Again!
January 14, 2003
Turd Blossom to Ride Again!
Columnist Helen Thomas, on a new book about Karl Rove called Boy Genius:
"Several years ago when (Rove) started getting accolades from political writers as the mastermind behind Bush, the president is known to have
"He once told a journalist that he did not like his aides getting 'star treatment.' So he started calling Rove 'Turd Blossom,' which refers to
the so-called cowpie splat made by bovine waste when it hits the ground.
"But whatever Bush calls him, you can be sure Karl Rove will be formidable in W's 2004 race for re-election."
While President Bush may indeed be accurate in calling the man referred to as "Bush's Brain" a Turd Blossom, it's evident he doesn't appreciate
the full and completely accurate implications of the nickname for his Senior Advisor.
resume of Karl Rove summarizes accordingly.
AKA Karl Christian Rove
Birthplace: Denver, CO
Sexual orientation: Straight
Level of fame: Somewhat
Executive summary: Turd Blossom
Analogous examples of modern Master Turdblossomry from Karl Rove are demonstrated daily in any number of cynical Republican yarns and photo ops
designed to obfuscate the ugly truth with any clinging sham of patriotic fervor.
For example: Upon viewing all GOP House members standing in unison with purple ink stained fingers to "salute" the billion dollar quagmire over
nonexistent WMD's sending over 1,500 US Soldiers to an early and unnecessary grave, one may accurately express the following:
Hey, look! It's a flowering field of purple turdblossoms growing right out of the Republican's fingers. How pretty. I think I do like
unneccessary war after all. In fact, I think I'll go make myself a turd sandwich right now.
Rotten - Karl Rove
Turdblossom Hits the Tarmac
Karl "Turdblossom" Rove
Turdblossom in Art
[edit on 15-3-2005 by RANT]