Santorum neologism spreads to Romney
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A new website SpreadingRomney.com now appears prominently among Internet search results for Mitt Romney's last name and defines romney as: "to defecate in terror". Spreading Romney was inspired by the santorum neologism coined in Dan Savage's column in response to comments made by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum about homosexuality; Savage's readers voted to define santorum as: "the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex."
While defining romney as a Canada; press coverage of the matter recounted how the animal let loose its bowels due to a fear response during the experience., the word "terror" in the definition given at SpreadingRomney.com links to an article that appeared January 5 in titled "Mitt Romney's Dog Incident Comes Back To Haunt Him". The article describes a 1983 incident where Romney was reported to have affixed his family’s pet named Seamus to the roof of their vehicle for 12 hours while on a car trip to
Similar to online searches leading to the santorum neologism website originally created by Dan Savage, SpreadingSantorum.com, queries for Romney yielding top search results for SpreadingRomney.com are not limited only to Google but extend to other search engines including as well.
|I don’t recall seeing it recently, so it appears to be a new gain.|
quoted search engine expert , who observed that the website had likely risen of late in search results: "I don’t recall seeing it recently, so it appears to be a new gain."
In a 2003 interview with the Associated Press, Rick Santorum compared legalizing to supporting . Readers of the advice column selected a new definition for the Senator’s last name, and Savage created a website SpreadingSantorum.com to promulgate the spread of the phenomenon. The term became a prominent result in searches online, and gained dominance on including Google, Bing, and Yahoo!.
|[The santorum neologism is] offensive beyond, you know, anything that any public figure or anybody in America should tolerate, and the mainstream media laughs about it.|
Rick Santorum himself has acknowledged and discussed the existence and prevalence of the santorum neologism phenomenon; he was quoted byon his assessment of Google's response: "To have a business allow that type of filth to be purveyed through their website or through their system is something that they say they can't handle. I suspect that's not true." Santorum criticized the response of the press to the phenomenon in a 2011 radio interview, saying, "It's offensive beyond, you know, anything that any public figure or anybody in America should tolerate, and the mainstream media laughs about it."
The company Indiana-based company named Ayokay LLC which was formed on January 1. The website reportedly started operating on January 10. commented upon it on January 12 on her program . The founder of SpreadingRomney.com, Jack Shepler, informed Sullivan that he holds no ties to any political campaign group and formed the website out of a .manages the for the website SpreadingRomney.com; the site was registered by an ,
Newt Gingrich; linking to an established website for SpreadingGingrich.com. That site is currently asking visitors to submit suggestions for a new definition of gingrich.noted that there may be another this time derived from the last name of presidential candidate
- "Santorum neologism gains prominence during US election cycle" — Wikinews, February 7, 2012
- "Wikinews investigates Wikipedia usage by U.S. Senate staff members" — Wikinews, February 7, 2006
- Brett Smiley. "Romney Means 'To Defecate in Terror'" — , February 13, 2012
- Bob Sullivan. "'Romney' means defecate? Candidate facing a Santorum search problem" — , February 13, 2012
- Samantha Grossman. "Mitt Romney Faces a Santorum-Like Problem on Google and Bing" — , February 13, 2012
- Alexander Abad-Santos. "Like Santorum, Romney Now Has a Google Problem" — , February 13, 2012
- "Mitt Romney's Dog Incident Comes Back To Haunt Him" — , January 5, 2012
- Spreading Romney, website dedicated to redefining Mitt Romney's last name
- Spreading Santorum, website created to promulgate redefinition of Rick Santorum's last name
- Spreading Gingrich, website soliciting suggestions for new definition of Newt Gingrich's last name