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Why Go There? A Linguist Dissects Jim Gray's 'Wild-Ass' Zinger

Jim Gray Fancy Farm 2016
Democratic Senate candidate Jim Gray attacked incumbent Sen. Rand Paul for his failed presidential bid.

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul and his opponent, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray squared off Tuesday night in their only face-to-face debate of the election season. For an hour, they talked about the future of coal, Kentucky’s heroin problem, and more.

But it was one particular turn of phrase, used by Gray, that caught people’s ears. It includes a word for the human posterior.

I looked into the phrase. Listen in the player above (or here) — without your kids in the room.

Laura is LPM's Director of Podcasts & Special Projects. Email Laura at lellis@lpm.org.