TOKYO ZXB — TOKYO -- Let historians and economists debate for years whether President Bush's trip here this month helped or harmed his cause -- one achievement can be recorded immediately.
The trip enriched Japanese with something every language needs, a socially acceptable verb for one of life's unspeakable miseries.
The new verb is "Bushusuru": to do a Bush.
As in this conversation in the Roppongi nightclub district between a man in a trench coat and a companion in a dark suit.
Trench coat (pointing to sidewalk): "Abunai yo!" (Hey, watch out!)
Dark suit (looking down): "Jaa, dare ga Bushushita, ne!" (Jeez, somebody did a Bush, didn't they!)
The new verb has turned up in popular magazines and TV variety shows. It has even made its way into a popular trained-monkey act.