So Nina Totenberg Thought She Was Saying a Nine-Letter Word
… when she said this?
And I was at — forgive the expression — a Christmas party at the Department of Justice and …
Interestingly, her comment did not make the final version of the weekend’s Inside Washington broadcasted by NPR. It’s not clear, though, whether this edit was made simply for the sake of time constraints or because NPR didn’t want to have to repeatedly say, “Forgive the expression of our correspondent” after the show aired.
If anyone comes across a context or explanation for this remark, please link to it.
In the absence of such exposition, count this atheist as annoyed and staving off a sense of offense at this remark, both for the sake of the holiday itself and at the double standard demonstrated by Ms. Totenberg.