Paging Through the Anthony Scaramucci Thesaurus

Several media outlets and personalities opt for a Latin word dating back to 1887

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The word “fellatio” entered popular-usage during Grover Cleveland’s first term as U.S. president. Thanks to Anthony Scaramucci’s unhinged telephone interview with The New Yorker Thursday and remarks about Steve Bannon, it is, this morning, getting an unexpected media workout.

Do you spell self-fellatio with a hyphen, or no hypen? This is a Style question editors thought they’d never be asking themselves in reference to some reporting involving the White House director of communications. The Daily Beast went with autofellatio, no space; HuffPost U.K. spelled it auto-fellatio; and TheWrap headlined it “Self Fellatio,” no hyphen.

It’s not just TV and the internet of course. In the U.K., following Radio 4’s decision to go with a most oblique reference about Bannon being “rather pleased with himself,” the London Evening-Standard ponders the dilemma, ‘How do you discuss fellatio on the radio?’ Under a headline that suggests “… the BBC’s Coyness Sucks.”

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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