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    Reckless , rodless and aimless

    Hi There;

    I am listening http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03sfkx8
    At 01:30, Mr Trump identify Mr Obama's foreign policy as "Reckless , rodless and aimless"
    I can not understand rodless. Definition of rod is in the below: What does Mr Trump means? Does he means spineless or foreign policy of Mr. Obama have not been supported by the people?

    rod: A rod is a long thin metal or wooden bar, a 15 foot thick roof that was reinforced with steel rods.

    In addition, Mr Trump says from 01:13 :"The front-runner to be a republican's presidential candidate Donald Trump has launch a scading(?) attack on president Barack Obama's foreign policy..."
    what is the word with question mark?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by tahasozgen; 28-Apr-2016 at 13:27.

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    Re: Reckless , rodless and aimless

    Are you sure it isn't "rootless"?

    I am pretty sure "scald" is in the dictionary.

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    Re: Reckless , rodless and aimless

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Are you sure it isn't "rootless"?

    I am pretty sure "scald" is in the dictionary.
    It can be rootless, however, rodless has seemed to me more close. Here are the pronunciation:

    http://tureng.com/tr/turkce-ingilizce/rootless
    http://tureng.com/tr/turkce-ingilizce/rodless

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    #4

    Re: Reckless , rodless and aimless

    It's "rootless" and "scathing".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #5

    Re: Reckless , rodless and aimless

    Quote Originally Posted by tahasozgen View Post
    Donald Trump has launch a scading(?) attack on president Barack Obama's foreign policy..."
    what is the word with question mark?
    It's ​scathing.

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    Re: Reckless , rodless and aimless

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's "rootless" and "scathing".
    I was going to suggest "scathing" and "ruthless." (I can't find the audio.)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Reckless , rodless and aimless

    I just listened to the audio several times. It's definitely, 100% "a scathing attack" and I'm sure he says "reckless, rudderless and aimless".

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    Re: Reckless , rodless and aimless

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I just listened to the audio several times. It's definitely, 100% "a scathing attack" and I'm sure he says "reckless, rudderless and aimless".
    I think so, not only the pronouncation does not fit rootless, the word rudderless fits the context more accurately.

    Here is the justification: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2...-policy-speech
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