The phrase “Train Wreck” has become so ubiquitous it has lost some of its bite. Cue “Dumpster Fire,” an evocative phrase used to describe a total, utter, mess of a disaster. Hillary Clinton’s campaign recently deployed it to describe the most recent GOP presidential debate.
While you might find the comparison apt, it’s important to outline the ways in which slinging around this slur is completely unfair to dumpster fires:
- First and foremost, dumpster fires are, by definition, contained by the walls of the dumpster, thus prevented from spreading and destroying the country.
- Dumpster fires operate with a certain calm sense of dignity- which image is more likely to induce rage stroke?
3. Finally, dumpster fires are more predictable- a steady stream of water can extinguish a dumpster fire, while nothing can extinguish the hell of the 2016 primary season we have been enduring for what seems like an eternity.
Remember, language is powerful. The next time you want to express your political beliefs using colorful language, please do not do so at the expense of the voiceless dumpster fire.