Teflon (nickname)

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Teflon is a nickname given to persons, particularly in politics, to whom criticism does not seem to stick. The term comes from Teflon, the brand name by DuPont of a "non-stick" chemical used on cookware.


  • Fernando Alonso, a Spanish driver in Formula One racing and double World Champion, earned the nickname "Teflonso" following his exoneration from involvement in the Renault F1 Crashgate controversy. He was also involved in Spygate in 2007, where emails revealed he discussed McLaren’s use of confidential Ferrari information.


  1. ^ Schroeder, Patricia (June 6, 2004). "Nothing stuck to 'Teflon' president". USA Today. Retrieved 18 February 2012. As a young congresswoman, I got the idea of calling President Reagan the "Teflon president" while fixing eggs for my kids. He had a Teflon coat like the pan. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Evan; Christopher Ogden; Sam Allis (June 18, 1984). "Tackling the Teflon President". Time. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Barbour, Haley (1992-10-03). "Clinton: The Teflon Candidate". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Dreyfuss, Joel (2010-01-12). "Harry Reid’s in Hot Water. But What About "Teflon Bill" Clinton?". The Root (magazine). The Slate Group. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "'Teflon Don' jailed for life.". BBC. 1992-06-23. Retrieved 2007-09-25. Judge Leo Glasser's sentencing brought to a close the long quest to convict the man nicknamed the "Teflon Don". 
  6. ^ Riddell, Peter (November 10, 2005). "The collapse of Teflon Tony.". London: The Times. Retrieved 2007-09-25. Yesterday's defeat in the Commons is a serious blow for Labour's credibility as a governing party. 
  7. ^ Derrick, O'Keefe (2007-05-04). "Bush, Kerry (and Ralph Klein) on Latin America: The bi-partisan offensive against Cuba, Venezuela.". Seven Oaks. Retrieved 2007-09-25. The plagiarism may or may not hurt Klein’s popularity, given the Teflon Conservative’s long record of debauchery, including a drunken night of poor-bashing at an Edmonton homeless shelter. 
  8. ^ "Canada's prime minister: The Teflon wears off". The Economist. June 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Patterson, Henry (2009-10-01). "Teflon Taoiseach's brilliant career loses its well-polished shine.". London: New York Times. Retrieved 2007-09-25. So why has the so-called Teflon Taoiseach, who was relatively untouched by the disgrace of his former close political allies, Charles Haughey and Ray Burke, been left looking so vulnerable? 
  10. ^ "Putin's Teflon Image Takes Hit". The Moscow Times. December 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  11. ^ Dunn, Gabrielle. Teflon Tim Urban: Most Polarizing 'Idol' Finalist Since Sanjaya?. AOL Television. April 13, 2010.
  12. ^ "US-Depeschen über Deutschland: Im Netz der Denunzianten". Der Spiegel. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Lauren Provost (12 April 2012). "FOG vivement critiqué sur Internet après "Des Paroles et Des Actes"". Le Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  14. ^ 3 News New Zealand (13 March 2013). "What will stick to 'Teflon John'?". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Teflon Sepp Blatter blames "actions of individuals"". 28 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.