Presidential apology in slang uses S word
President Barack Obama apologized for the Daschle debacle by saying “I screwed up” which raises a question of language — did the leader of the free world use a bad word or not?
Some grown adults would probably not use that S word when talking to their parents and some would likely chastise their children for using it in front of them.
Consulting dictionary.com the term “screw up” is listed as slang meaning to make a mess of an undertaking. The word becomes vulgar slang if used in a phrase with the word “around” after it and takes on more of the meaning of the F word.
By that definition it appears the term “screwed up” is just slang after all and not a profanity which is defined as “abusive, vulgar or irreverent language.”
So looks like Rahm Emanuel, famous for R-rated tirades, has not rubbed off on the president quite yet.
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama at the White House)