The real truth about “schlonged”
Thanks to Jason Malloy (who hasn’t commented here in a long time, welcome back!) I read this article in Forward explaining that “schlonged” was a commonly used word in Queens at the time when Trump grew up. The writer of the article reports:
Anyone who grew up “in a certain era (say 1945 to 1965) and in a certain region (Queens and adjoining Long Island)” recalls “schlonged” as “a commonly used phrased, most often used in a sports context, which meant getting clobbered or beaten.”
Moreover, “at least from the youthful memories of our witnesses,” the word “could be used without the users having a strong conscious sense of any sexual meaning behind it.”
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I should note, by the way, that kids I knew from the Bronx used “schlonged” the same way we did. Mostly when talking about what their Yankees did to our Mets. That’s how we talked. Even the goyish kids.
Just as I always suspected, Trump was using a word that was part of his vocabulary based on growing up in Queens without thinking much about it.
Incidentally, Neal Conan, the guy who used the word “schlonged” at NPR (and wrote an apology, what a liberal scumbag), was born in 1949 and is thus a similar age to Trump (born only three years after Trump) and according to this biography also grew up in New York City (although he was born in Lebanon).
So we see that the media has used this as just another excuse to attack Trump for innocently using a word that was commonly innocently used in New York City when Trump was a kid.