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This is the hilarious backstory for Donald Trump's 'short-fingered vulgarian' nickname

Donald Trump almost wasn't a "short-fingered vulgarian" at all. According to Spy magazine co-founders Graydon Carter and Kurt Andersen, who coined the phrase that spawned the now infamous Donald Trump short finger controversy, there were other nicknames in the mix that didn't get traction.

The two co-founders said they had come up with other descriptors for Trump ("Queens-born casino operator" was one of them, Anderson said), but, it was the "juvenileness" of the phrase, Carter said, that made it stick.

"Yes. The short-fingered vulgarian: The combination of smart — 'vulgarian' — and 'short fingered,' just a stupid, ad hominem physical description," Anderson added. [Politico]

Trump might have even preferred "Queens-born casino operator" to the short-fingered jab. "I know it just gives him absolute fits," Carter said. "And now that it's become sort of part of the whole campaign rhetoric, I'm sure he wants to just kill me — with those little hands."