Turd Blossom

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"Turd Blossom" (or Sand Turd) is a Texan United States term for a flower which grows from a pile of cow dung.[1] As Turd Blossom, the term has gained fame in the United States as a sobriquet that was reportedly assigned by former U.S. President George W. Bush as a term of endearment for his former chief political advisor, Karl Rove.[2]

In July 2005, several newspapers declined to run two Doonesbury comic strips portraying Bush addressing Rove by this nickname.[3]

In the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy, main character Peter Quill calls the villain a turd blossom as a distraction.[4]


  1. ^ Freeman, Alan (July 13, 2005). "Scandal dogs Republican mastermind". The Globe and Mail.
  2. ^ Borger, Julian (March 9, 2004). "The brains". The Guardian. London. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Twiddy, David (July 26, 2005). "Some Papers Pull, Edit 'Doonesbury' Strip After 'Turd Blossom' Reference". Associated Press. Archived from the original on September 9, 2005.
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2015381/quotes