Editor's note: This story contains graphic language.
Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery), angry at President Trump for threatening to destroy the career of a Texas state senator, lashed out at the commander-in-chief on Tuesday on social media.
But it’s a particularly colorful word that Leach chose to use that had social media in a frenzy.
“Hey! I oppose civil asset forfeiture too,” Leach wrote on Facebook. “Why don’t you come after me you fascist, loofa-faced shit-gibbon!!”
He later shared the same message on Twitter.
Hey @realDonaldTrump I oppose civil asset forfeiture too! Why don't you try to destroy my career you fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon!
— Daylin Leach (@daylinleach) February 7, 2017
Leach, who supported Hillary Clinton during the election, was referring to a Texas state senator’s push to prevent police from seizing a person’s cash and personal property unless the suspect was actually convicted of a crime. It's an issue that has affected many residents in Philadelphia, a "$6-million-a-year juggernaut" that was challenged in federal court, but later partially settled.
Some called Leach out for using vulgar language.
So where did Leach draw his inspiration for such a colorful, expressive term?
During a visit to his Scotland golf course, then-Presidential nominee Trump hailed the United Kingdom’s vote to exit the European Union, a move that has come to be known as “Brexit.”
Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2016
The only problem was Scotland voted overwhelmingly against the move.
That’s when this tweet appeared:
Scotland voted to stay & plan on a second referendum, you tiny fingered, Cheeto-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon. https://t.co/iKyEIxf8ej
— Hamfisted Bun Vendor (@MetalOllie) June 24, 2016
In a blog post about the unexpected vitality of his tweet, the writer, who would only identify himself as Darren due to death threats he’s said he received, said he came up with the term on his own, but found references to it dating back to around 2011.
“When I created it, or thought I had, I never expected it to go viral,” Darren said. “I certainly didn't envision a senator using it months later, or it being picked up by people like Wil Wheaton, one of my favorite actors.”
There isn’t much information on the etymology of the derogatory term. Urban Dictionary only added it to its database after the tweet, and a search using Google Books Ngram Viewer uncovered zero matches.
There are references to the term dating back to the early 2000s, when it popped up in Usenet chats in reference to the bootlegging of videos and audio recordings of concerts in London.
According to the posts, the phrase was used multiple times to describe someone who didn’t appreciate the effort that went into recording a concert.
In a discussion about the word on Stack Overflow’s English language and usage page, users suggested the term is a colorful variation of a portmanteau, a word that blends the sounds and combines the meanings of two separate words into one term, such as with smog, a combination of the words smoke and fog.