Great Job, Internet!: The time has come to abandon the term “dumpster fire”

If you spend much time on the internet—which, of course you do, hi—you have invariably come across the term “dumpster fire.” In 2016, it has become the go-to term to express world-weary exhaustion with the general state of humanity, in particular when used in conjunction with the presidential election. (Which, to be clear, please get out and vote, we are almost fucking done here, etc.) Still, the conclusion of the election seemed like a great time for The Daily Beast to assemble an oral history of the term “dumpster fire,” a piece that pulls up some surprising insights, even though—to be pedantic—it is more of a roundtable of commentariat than a true oral history.

Pretty much everyone surveyed by The Daily Beast agrees that the term’s moment has passed. Tommy Vietor, former national security spokesman for the Obama administration, notes of its spread, “It was …

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