Taboo avoidance (twice removed)

Maureen Dowd wrote on 13 May (op-ed page, “Rogue Diva of Doom”, about Dick Cheney):

W. [George W. Bush] admired Cheney’s brass (he used another word) but grew increasingly skeptical of him, the more he learned about foreign affairs himself …

This is not an amended direct quote from GWB. It’s not even an amended indirect quote from GWB. Instead, it’s a kind of distant reference to GWB’s opinions and, possibly, to things he might have said in the past (something like “admire Cheney’s balls”, I’d guess; note the /b/ thing). This has the effect of keeping up snarky allusions to GWB’s earthy language even in the absence of specific text to cite.

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