In March 2002, the Oxford English Dictionary added an entry for the verb "bork" as U.S. political slang with this definition: "To defame or vilify (a person) systematically, especially in the mass media, usually with the aim of preventing his or her appointment to public office; to obstruct or thwart a person in this way."
Feminist Florynce Kennedy is credited, if that is the right term, with being the first to use it. In July 1991, addressing a conference of the National Organization for Women, she said in reference to the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court, "We're going to bork him. We're going to kill him politically ... This little creep, where did he come from?"
The current crop of attack ads on Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage (doubtless with more to come) shows that the Democrats have become quite proficient in the tactic of borking, as indeed they should be — they invented it.
Terence McManus, New Sharon