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Brett Kavanaugh explains yearbook reference ‘FFFFFFFourth Of July’


On Wednesday, Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh was asked to explain a particular phrase included in his 1983 Georgetown prep school yearbook that had become a talking point over the weekend – “FFFFFFFourth of July.”

After Washington attorney Seth Berenzweig acquired Kavanaugh’s phone book from an anonymous source last week and made it public, attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, drew the People paid attention to a few sentences in the phone book that he said referred to various sexual acts.

“Brett Kavanaugh should also be asked about this entry in his phone book:” FFFFFF Fourth of July. ” We think it means: Find Them, French Them, Smell Them, Touch Them, F – k, Forget Them. As well as the term “Devil’s Triangle”. Maybe Senator Grassley can ask him. #Basta ”, Avenatti tweeted September 23.

As the Supreme Court nominee had refrained from admitting or denying Avenatti’s allegations in public, the Senate Judiciary Committee asked to hear his version of what the sentence might mean.

“Does your directory contain the entry” FFFFFFFourth of July “described by Mr. Avenatti? The Senate asked Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh then presented an explanation that contradicted Avenatti’s tweet. “So ‘FFF’ anything that refers to a friend of ours in the classroom, when he used to say ‘f-k you’ he would often say it with a conclusion like ‘fff-k you.’ And for reasons that aren’t clear today, at 15 and 16, the whole group of guys thought it was funny, inside, and it got shortened to the sound I just made was a number of fs riding together, ”he said. noted.

“And this guy would fight sometimes, whether on the football field or wherever, where he would say ‘f — k you’ and then, you know, fight, and that was the benchmark,” he said. added.

Urban dictionary, a site that has kept records of colloquially used words and phrases, partially corroborated the definition of the term “FFFF” with the description given by Avenatti. He said the phrase was often an acronym for “Find Them, Smell Them, F – k ’em & Forget’ em.”

However, Kavanaugh assured the committee that he had never heard the term used as a form of sexual reference.

“I have never heard of this as a reference, and I know for a fact that it was not the reference to the directory.”

When the Senate investigated further, asking why it had included “FFFFFFFourth of July” in its yearbook, candidate SCOTUS gave up on the importance of his high school directory.

” I do not remember. The directory is a lot of humor, a lot of farce, a little seriousness where you list your activities. But it’s a lot of humor and a lot of farce at a time when the editors of the directory were probably following a pattern… ”

It is important to mention that the expression in question was not included in officially recognized dictionaries such as Oxford, Merriam Webster or Cambridge and that it is a colloquial term that has crept into the urban vocabulary. , which differs from person to person. Therefore, there was no way of knowing if Kavanaugh actually had an innocent reason for including him in his high school yearbook or if he was actually referring to the sex act described by Avenatti.

Supreme Court-appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on day three of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 6, 2018. Photo: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla