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The profanity got our attention - then we thought about what it meant

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At 4.46pm, Thursday, January 11, in the Year of our Lord 2018, the word "s--hole" started trending.

"I never thought I'd see the day when 's---hole' appears on CNN," tweeted a professor from the University of Cincinnati.

(Of course she typed out the full word, but you think our editors would let us get away with it?)

"The s---hole is the White House," tweeted a political adviser to Hillary Clinton.

Unmoored from a sense of decorum, heavy with the realisation that, again, no adults were coming to lay down the law, the nation turned its eyes to the sky, its fingers to its keyboard and loosed a keening wail:

"S---HOLE S---HOLE," wrote a........

© The Sydney Morning Herald