Borked

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You're into words and stuff, so you might be interested in the (possible) entomology. From Robert Bork's Wikipedia entry:

"Bork" as verb

According to The New York Times, the verb to bork might be defined as "to destroy a judicial nominee through a concerted attack on his character, background and philosophy."[3] This definition stems from the history of the fight over Bork's nomination. Bork was widely lauded for his competence, but reviled for his political philosophy. In March 2002, the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary under "Bork"; its definition extends beyond judicial nominees, stating that people who are Borked "usually [do so] with the aim of preventing [a person's] appointment to public office."

Perhaps the best known use of the verb to bork occurred in July 1991 at a conference of the National Organization for Women in New York City. Feminist Florence Kennedy addressed the conference on the importance of defeating the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court. She said, "We're going to bork him."[4] Thomas was subsequently confirmed after one of the most divisive confirmation fights in Supreme Court history."

Posted by madkevin (not verified) on Tue, 05/08/2007 - 17:56

Bork? Didn't she just release a new album...?

Posted by coyote (not verified) on Wed, 05/09/2007 - 09:40