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One year more…or sooner!
Today, my treasured desk clock reached it’s final lap!
And, if Mitch McConnell and his GOP “ToTs” (Toadies of Trump) would actually honor their oath, it should be a quicker final lap!
But wait. Yes, I know I said “‘Nuff said,” but… Around the Block, as a service to readers, decided to explore the etymology of “Toady.”
- “Servile parasite.” Toady (plural, toadies) apparently shortened from toad-eater “fawning flatterer” (1742), originally (1620s) “the assistant of a charlatan,” who ate a toad (believed to be poisonous) to enable his master to display his skill in expelling the poison.
- Early 19th century: Said to be a contraction of toad-eater, a charlatan’s assistant who ate toads; toads were regarded as poisonous, and the assistant’s survival was thought to be due to the efficacy of the charlatan’s remedy.
- Early 21st century: A United States senator or other politician belonging to the Republican political party; Said to be an assistant of Donald John Trump, a toxic charlatan and known teller of lies. The senator’s actions are thought to be based on the fear of the charlatan’s retribution.