Rush Limbaugh says he is uncomfortable with news media using the word "dike" to refer to levees along the Red River. Really, the level of ignorance among some Republican "leaders" is beyond embarrassing. And to think that, for centuries, people shamelessly told and re-told the story of the little Dutch boy who saved his country from a flood by putting his finger in a hole in a leaking dike.
Somebody please get Rush Dimbaugh into a remedial English class before he singlehandedly causes America's literacy rate to crash.
The word dike or dyke, meaning levee, wall, embankment, floodbank, stopbank, ditch or a specialized term in geology or mining, has been around for centuries. How it got applied to certain lesbians is one of those history mysteries that scholars try to solve.
One explanation is that there was a Greek goddess named Dike. Another is that "ditch" is a not-very-respectful old slang term for the vulva. Take your pick.
Many English words have developed double meanings -- far too many for Rush's feeble mind to take in, apparently. I don't need to detail about what happened to the word "gay" -- it's well-known. But now we can't use words starting with bi -- like bi-focal, bi-ped, biennial, or even bicycle -- because they will force poor Rush to think of bisexuals. The man will have to leave politics because his ears won't be able to suffer the words bi-partisan or bi-lateral.
As for words like transportation, translation, transmute, transmogrify, etc., these will make him cringe at the very thought of trans people. We won't be seeing Rush flying anywhere on Trans World Airlines, or doing anything transcontinental or transatlantic for that matter.
Not to mention the most terrifying linguistic hazard of all -- mention of homogenized milk, or even homo sapiens -- which will make Rush Limpbrain crawl under his desk (if he can) rather than think of homosexuals.
But there is an upside to Rush's virulent illiteracy, though. If he keeps that fat mouth of his going the way he does, sooner or later he will blab himself into trouble with his bosses, and his job will go bye-bye. These Republican lamebrains usually wind up shooting themselves in the foot if you let them wave their guns around enough.
Good example of a conservative commentator who is closer to giving himself that fatal bullet: Bill O'Reilly. He's getting more and more loony and out there. Last night Keith Olbermann took off the velvet gloves and went down a lengthening list of O'Reilly's statements that were embarrassingly, patently and factually incorrect. Nobody at Fox seems willing (or able) to do any fact-checks on Bill. But the Fox ratings are slipping, and Bill's days are probably numbered.
As are Limbaugh's. We will see him getting the "bum's rush" to the door.