The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Totally Just Used the Word "Cray-Cray"

Feb 5, 2015 at 11:45 am
click to enlarge Isn't it cray that the Post-Dispatch used the word "cray-cray?" - Lindsay Toler
Lindsay Toler
Isn't it cray that the Post-Dispatch used the word "cray-cray?"

Mark the date, St. Louis. February 4, 2015: The first time St. Louis' major metro daily newspaper, the Post-Dispatch, formed almost 140 years ago by the man whose name is now synonymous with the very best in journalism, Joseph Pulitzer, used the word "cray-cray."

Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway's bizarre comments linking liberal "sexual permissiveness" to child sexual abuse inspired St. Louis' metro daily newspaper's editorial page to achieve this historic first.

"We're quite proud of ourselves," tweets Tony Messenger, editor of the Post's editorial page.

Hanaway, a candidate for Missouri governor, made headlines across the country this week when she said cultural acceptance of unwed mothers and abortion leads to the toleration of child pornography.

"If you pursue this course that sexual permissiveness is to be valued, which is the liberal framework, and that you should protect sexual permissiveness through abortions and other things, you lead to a conclusion where every sexual preference is acceptable," including child porn, Hanaway said.

See also: GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Says Abortions, Unwed Mothers Lead to Child Pornography

In an editorial titled "Catherine Hanaway channels her inner Todd Akin. How sad," the Post compares Hanaway to another Missouri politician whose staunchly conservative views caused outrage: Todd Akin, who famously said that "legitimate rape" victims don't get pregnant because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

"See, Mr. Akin was a very special kind of cray-cray," the Post says, affectionately linking to the Urban Dictionary entry for the term for readers who aren't down. "He believed every word that came out of his mouth. To this day, he believes that the female body has a way to 'shut it down' if a 'legitimate' rapist tried to impregnate her."

But Hanaway is different.

"The Catherine Hanaway we have known throughout her political and professional career is better than that," the editorial continues. "That she thinks she has to demean herself in order to win a primary says a lot about what she thinks of Republican voters."

A search of the Post's content system by the newspaper's online content coordinator Beth O'Malley didn't show any other uses of the word "cray-cray." Cray-cray came into our lives in January 2011, when YouTube sensation Andrew Gunadie, a.k.a. gunnarolla, coined the phrase in a song about crazy people. The term went so viral that months later, Gunadie announced that the word is officially dead: According to, the prefered term is now, simply, "cray."

As in, "Isn't it cray that the Post-Dispatch used the word 'cray-cray?'"

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