Hiking the Appalachian Trail: New Euphemism Alert!

By Laurel Sutton

June 25, 2009

So…Mark Sanford. This isn’t a political blog, but we do read the news, and this particular scandal has now contributed a new euphemism to English – “hiking the Appalachian Trail”. Why Gov. Sanford thought this was a good excuse, I’ll never know, since he left a paper trail a mile long thatĀ gave away what he was really doing, i.e., seeing his mistress in Argentina. Whoops!

So the next time your sig other tells you they’re going hiking, especially if it’s on the Appalachian Trail, you might want to double check on that, see if they’re packing Clif bars, extra socks, a sleeping bag, etc. Although now that I think about it, those things work in either situation…

I love it when language changes right before your very eyes!

Note: this post is in no way meant to impugn the reputation of the actual Appalachian Trail, which is awesome and beautiful and one of our nation’s treasures. You should totally go hiking there, as long as you’re REALLY HIKING and not, you know, flying around the world on the taxpayer’s dime to see your secret lover. Cause that’s a really bad idea. Just ask Mark Sanford.



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