If you’ve been watching the news over the past couple of days, then you knew that President Donald Trump has given Kim Jong-Un a nickname: “Rocketman.” Well, Kim Jong-Un has returned the favor, calling our president a “Dotard.” While lots of people have understood that giving Trump a nickname has not been meant as a compliment, they haven’t quite understood the definition of “Dotard.”
To end the confusion, a dotard is an old person. But this is quite a negative definition of an old person, as it means someone who has become physically and mentally weak and is senile. The word “dotard” is a real word, one that has actually been used by William Shakespeare and J.R.R. Tolkien. But it has not been used very often. Do not be surprised if you’ve never heard of it before, as you have something in common with quite a few people.
Trump is pretty well known for giving nicknames. Here are a few more than he’s chosen for people. On the campaign trail or in office, he’s been quite pleased with giving someone a good nickname that’s memorable.
Hillary Clinton’s nickname is “Crooked Hillary.”
Senator Bernie Sanders’ nickname is “Crazy Bernie.”
Senator Marco Rubio’s nickname is “Little Marco.” This senator was actually one of the very first on the campaign trail to receive a nickname from Trump.
Senator Ted Cruz’s nickname is “Lyin’ Ted.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s nickname is “Pocahontas.” This nickname was given when the Senator once mentioned that she has Native American heritage.
Giving Kim Jong-Un the nickname of “Rocketman” has been his latest one. We can only wonder what other nicknames for other world leaders or fellow USA political leaders he will distribute.
Trump’s nicknames make for a quick soundbite or are good to share with social media. We easily see how he feels about someone. He seems to like giving nicknames to people.
Leave it to the Internet to get excited about a nickname, as now the hashtag #DotardTrump is trending. This is actually a hashtag to use if you are a Trump supporter, to poke a bit of fun at Kim Jong-Un’s rather intellectual nickname.