First it was Monica Lewinski who had to stand by helpless as her last name was turned into a synonym for a blowjob, and now Rick Santorum can't even google himself without stumbling across his last name being used as a descriptor of a sex stain. It would appear that in these modern times of instant communication and worldwide access, public figures should be especially careful of who they do or what they say.
Santorum, a conservative Republican who says what he damned well pleases about the people who aren't as white and uptight as himself, screwed up royally in 2003 by making some particularly disparaging remarks about gays. Dan Savage, a humorist and sex columnist, then challenged his readers to come up with a dirty definition for the word "santorum." The winning entry was "a frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex." Unfortunately for the former Senator from Pennsylvania and longshot Presidential hopeful, the joke stuck - and now when people google his last name, that naughty entry pops up first.
Last week Jon Stewart used the term on The Daily Show, followed by a wink to the audience and the instruction, "Google it." And people do google it every day and click on that entry - which keeps it at the top of the list.
I've googled it twice myself today just to help keep the numbers up.
And now the proud name of Santorum has a life beyond Little Ricky.
Great work, Dan Savage! Thanks for expanding our vocabulary!