In a statement released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Thursday, Kim, whom Mr Trump has nicknamed "Rocket Man," said: "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire."
Kim Jong Un fires back at Trump: "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire." (via KCNA) pic.twitter.com/wZVdg5Q5Iq— Jon Passantino (@passantino) September 21, 2017
The dictionary Merriam-Webster's official Twitter account tweeted that searches for the word dotard were as "high as a kite."
Kim Jong Un calls Trump a mentally deranged U.S. dotard. Searches for 'dotard' are high as a kite. https://t.co/HztPoLSjXi— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 21, 2017
Update: everyone in office is currently either looking up how to pronounce "dotard" or how to say it in Korean— Cecilia Seiter (@cseiter17) September 21, 2017
There were some who tried to guess what the word meant:
According to Merriam-Webster, a dotard is a person who is in a state of "senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness."
The word meant "imbecile" when it was first used in the 14th century. https://t.co/jqrHao0R9i— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 21, 2017
A South Korean freelance journalist tweeted that the original statement in Korean used a term that translated as "old beast lunatic," but became "dotard" in the English statement released by North Korea:
The Korean original statement said " " which means old beast lunatic -- which was translated into "dotard." https://t.co/2uQ0Xsxe2X— Jihye Lee (@TheJihyeLee) September 21, 2017
The word soon began to trend on Twitter:
Here's how Twitter reacted:
Looks up definition of "dotard." pic.twitter.com/kyf5j6J1DB— Cameron Ridle (@CameronRidle) September 21, 2017
Everyone on Twitter
- OMG HE CALLED TRUMP A #dotard
- Is that a word?
- Wait...is that a real word?- *looks up word*
- HE IS A DOTARD!— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) September 22, 2017
#dotard— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) September 22, 2017
dotard (ddd) noun
A word you didn't previously know existed, but googled today and said, "Damn, that's pretty accurate."
Rocket man & Dotard meet in nambia to avoid another bowling green massacre, Obama tapes the entire thing via microwave #dotard— rjb (@RobinJOJO) September 22, 2017
'tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire'— keshav (@Silence_Speaks) September 22, 2017
he should be writing dialogues for GoT https://t.co/aNCyKksrJD
Mentally deranged US dotard? That's pretty good actually. I'd definitely rather be referred to as Rocket Man. This round to Kim Jong-un. https://t.co/vgZcmcGDKJ— Mark Congiusta (@interactivemark) September 21, 2017
Don't worry - Trump speechwriters are busy on https://t.co/YU989Sq4ae preparing our retaliation— Mike Shannon (@miketymikecheck) September 21, 2017
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Son - Why do we live in a fallout shelter again?— UnsilentMajority (@The_UnSilent_) September 22, 2017
Dad - well son it all started w/ a crazy man named Dotard & his arch nemesis Rocket Man... pic.twitter.com/pkGWDI9qpR
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