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Gingirch Accuses Romney of "Smear Campaign"
Former House speaker says his rival is letting his super PAC do his dirty work for him.
By A. G. SULZBERGER
As more people gossip online, vicious and anonymous posts have provoked fights, divorce and worse. Above, Jennifer James, who says she was a victim of an online smear.
A fruitless argument is called mizukake ron in Japanese. It translates literally as "water-throwing argument," and the expression is said to have derived from a fight over water. Farmers cannot survive without water. In the old days before the introduction of proper irrigation systems, fights over water broke out frequently during periods of drought.
And it appears that the belligerents in those fights were not always total strangers. In a kyogen comic play titled "Mizukake Muko" (Water-throwing son-in-law), a man and his son-in-law fight over water for rice paddies. They start off by smearing each other's faces with mud. Water was so precious back then as to even ruin family relations.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is said to have been involved in his administration’s efforts last year to discredit the State Senate majority leader, Joseph L. Bruno.
|belligerent||(adjective) Inclined or eager to fight; hostile.|
|Usage:||A belligerent reporter badgered the politician.|
smear (SPREAD) verb [T usually + adverb or preposition]
to spread a liquid or a thick substance over a surface:
The children had smeared peanut butter all over the sofa.
Can you explain why the front of your car is smeared with blood?
You'd look very stylish if it wasn't for that smear of ketchup on your shirt.
smear (ACCUSATION) 抹黑
an accusation which is unpleasant, unreasonable or unlikely to be true and which is made publicly with the intention of harming a person's reputation:
The prime minister has dismissed the allegations as smears and innuendo.
She claims she was the victim of a smear campaign (= repeated attempts to damage her reputation).
She decided to sue for libel after the newspaper smeared her private life.
1 〈油などを〉（…に）塗りつける((on, over ...))；…に（油などを）塗りつける((with ...))；…をよごす, きたなくする
smear ointment on one's face ［＝smear one's face with ointment］
4 ((米俗))…をこてんぱんにやっつける, 圧倒する.
1 油性［粘性］のもの, 一塗りの油性［粘性］物質, 塗りつけるもの, （陶器の）うわ薬.
2 （油性物質の）よごれ, 汚点, しみ, （紙・顔などの）よごれ, しみ((of ...)).
4 誹謗(ひぼう), 中傷, 悪口
a smear campaign
noun [C or U] plural innuendoes or innuendos
(the making of) a remark or remarks that suggest something sexual or something unpleasant but do not refer to it directly:
There's always an element of sexual innuendo in our conversations.
━━ n. （pl. ～(e)s） 暗示, あてこすり; 真意の説明語句.
verb [I or T]
to take legal action against a person or organization, especially by making a legal claim for money because of some harm that they have caused you:
He was so furious about the accusations in the letter that he threatened to sue.
She sued the paper for (= in order to obtain) damages after they wrongly described her as a prostitute.
She is suing her husband for (= in order to obtain a) divorce.