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The Word

Dissing the dirt

By Jan Freeman
Globe Staff / October 3, 2004

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IN A NEW YORKER profile a couple of weeks ago, Teresa Heinz Kerry got some grief for her grasp of English idiom after she called her detractors "scumbags." "I doubt that she knows the literal meaning of `scumbag,' wrote the reporter, Judith Thurman, "but perhaps, after forty years in America, nearly thirty of them as a political wife . . ... (Full Article: 769 Words)

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