North Korea surprised me this week. "Dotard" is a word we all should add to our own personal lexicons immediately, if not sooner.
I myself called Mr. Trump a retard last week. Of course it's pejorative; it was meant to be. But as I noted at the time, the word 'retard' remains a local insult in the Greater Boston area and does not carry the negative connotation here that it does around much of the rest of the country.
"Dotard", if we need a reminder, is defined thusly:noun
an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.
And also the variant "Dotage":noun
the period of life in which a person is old and weak.
I don't suppose that Mr. Trump has ever actually been "old and weak", but clearly he is mentally defective somehow. We've all heard the same definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.
Or perhaps, as an old mentor of mine offered in my younger days, "never get in a pissing contest with a skunk". Unfortunately, it remains unclear which one is actually the skunk right now.
But just ponder this - what is wrong with the world now that Russia is the voice of reason
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has urged "hot heads" to calm down, calling an escalating war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un "a kindergarten fight".
Trump called the North Korean leader a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged US dotard" who would face the "highest level of hardline countermeasure in history" in retaliation for the US president saying Washington would "totally destroy" the Asian country if it threatened the US or its allies.
"We have to calm down the hot heads," Lavrov told reporters at the United Nations on Friday, where world leaders gathered this week for the body's annual General Assembly.
"We continue to strive for the reasonable and not the emotional approach ... of the kindergarten fight between children."
On Thursday, North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho warned that Kim could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific.
Ri, who is due to speak to the UN on Saturday, added that he did not know Kim's exact thoughts.
In response, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington's diplomatic efforts would continue but all military options were still on the table.
Japan, the only country ever to suffer an atomic attack, described the threat from Ri as "totally unacceptable".
For its part, China, North Korea's neighbour and only major ally, responded by calling on all parties to exercise restraint.