Thu, 16 Apr 2020
Today I learned that the oldest known metaphorical use of “dumpster fire” (to mean “a chaotic or disastrously mishandled situation”) is in reference to the movie Shrek the Third.
The OED's earliest citation is from
a 2008 Usenet post,
I missed the movie, and now that I know it was the original Dumpster Fire, I feel lucky.
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