Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


Gems from a Dominique Strauss-Kahn Story

The former IMF Chief’s latest saga yields some impressive turns of phrase

Print Email
Dominique Strauss-Kahn(Getty)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is seeking an injunction against his former lover Marcela Iacub, who is writing a tell-all memoir about her seven-month affair with the disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the book to be shelved and some damages and his estranged wife is entering the fray to protest the book.

The news itself is not that exciting, but the language of the story is. With that in mind, I present the 10 best phrases from the Guardian story about the scandal:

10. DSK has suffered a “true manipulation … and a real trap”.

9. tantamount to “shooting a man who is already on the ground”.

8. a vice ring involving a network of prostitutes in northern France

7. as if we were still living in a society under the ancien régime

6. she and her husband – because I remind you that they have still not divorced – are part of a caste of masters of the world.

5. “behaviour of a woman who seduces in order to write a book, and who boasts about her amorous feelings in order to exploit them financially”

4. it “troubled” her conscience that she “had to make believe I was in love with you, mad about you”

3. a kiss-and-tell book by a former lover who described him as “half man, half pig”.

2. given credit to the manoeuvres of a perverse and dishonest women driven by her fascination for the sensational and the lure of money”

1. “There’s nothing wrong in getting a blow job from the cleaning woman.”

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, disgraced ex-IMF chief, seeks to block memoir [Guardian]

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Gems from a Dominique Strauss-Kahn Story

The former IMF Chief’s latest saga yields some impressive turns of phrase

More on Tablet:

Wolf Blitzer Explores His Jewish Roots

By David Meir Grossman — CNN host visits Yad Vashem and Auschwitz for the network’s ‘Roots’ series