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words: anglo-israelite, bad-men and oblong…

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well, jeff went above and beyond the call of duty with regards to jobbernowl. i so wish i could’ve been there when he used it! πŸ™‚ scroll down to the end of the comments section to see what happened to jeff.

fence also used it in her hilarious post in which she talked about buying a sexophone and then confusing people by later also buying a saxophone πŸ˜€

on to todays words:

anglo-israelite

i’m going to let the definition speak for this one:
“One who holds that the English-speaking peoples represent the β€˜lost’ tribes of Israel.”

hahahaahahahaha! thats just too much! πŸ˜€ i don’t know whats funnier, that someone actually believes that the english are descendant from one of the lost tribes of israel… or, that someone actually invented a term for it!

bad man

this quote just made me laugh. it refers to “bad man” – as in a desperado, robber, gunman or villain:
“They were good bad-men and bad bad-men the killer by necessity and the wanton murderer.” (Hopalong Cassidy, C. E. Mulford, 1910)

i actually have no idea what it means, but it makes me laugh. πŸ™‚ if anyone understands it please explain it to me…

i think the main reason why i like this quote is because of cowboy lore. i love cowboys! i love the whole mythology and idealogy behind it. in some ways its very funny and in some ways its very cool!
i also like the layered meaning to the word cowboy. it can be an insult:
“wat’cha doin’, ya cowboy?!”

and it can be something to be proud of:
“yup, ma’am, i’m a cowboy and durrrn proud o’ it!”

and then sometimes its just a generic term for a bloke:
“what’cho cowboys doin’ around here?”
“we’z jus’ hangin’ aroun’ sir.”
“well, this ain’ no place for hangin’ aroun’, so go on, get!”
“yes, sir, sorry, sir.”

but, not everyone can call a cowboy “a cowboy”:
“want somein’, cowboy?”
“don’cha call me a cowboy! (he gives him an evil eye…) ptoo! (thats the cowboy nonchallantly (but still menacingly) spitting)”
thats the best!

i also like it when they say it “COWbo-a”. haha! brilliant.

sexual favours

i also found thus funny quote. well, its not funny funny, but funny.

“in 1981, a wami named Stan Trout publicly distributed a letter in which he accused the then 73 year old guru of betraying the trust of young ashram women and causing their families anguish by extracting sexual favors from them in the name of spiritual enilightenment”.

now i know its quite disgusting actually, but i find it quite funny that this old guru had the audacity to “extract” sexual favours in the name of spiritual enlightenment! “this will enlighten you”. what!?!?!?!

i guess its more funny-weird.

from gurus to priests:

chemarium

i discovered this word during my searching. its old hebrew for “idolatrous priests”. again, i just love the idea that there’s actually a name for this. i think its very cool!

“oh, no, brother abraham, don’t be going to that there church, they be chemarium!”

oblong

my last one is a bit of a different one. this isn’t a word i recently discovered – i knew of it before. in fact… i thought i’d invented it. πŸ˜€

here’s the definition:
“oblong adj. Elongated (usually as a deviation from an exact square or circular form); esp. rectangular with the adjacent sides unequal.”

i don’t know how this came about, but when i was young i was convinced that i’d invented this word – i must’ve heard it somewhere, of course. my definition of it was simpler – for me it just meant “oddly shapen” or “wrong” somehow. my friend quintin and i used to use it and while i was growing up i never encountered it anywhere else, which enhanced the impression that i had invented it since only he and i used it. quintin was quite proud of me for having invented it.

and then i discovered that it was a word and i felt like a bit of a bull-shitter. haha!

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  1. August 10, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    That is so funny that you thought you had invented the word! Childhood is such a funny thing. Considering the way the internet has led to the coining of new words and phrases there is still hope that you can become a true word inventor in the future! πŸ™‚

  2. jean pierre
    August 10, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    haha! maybe… although, lets hope this time its a word that doesn’t already exist! πŸ˜€

  3. August 10, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    I love the fact that you thought you’d made up oblong. That is so cute πŸ™‚

  4. August 11, 2007 at 4:45 am

    I’m right there with Carl and Fence…that’s great that you thought you invented “oblong”…sounds like me…I’ve done similar things but can’t think of specifics right now. I say you make up your own word now and then 5 of us will use it in a post that will be published on the web and there you have it!! Published five times..in the dictionary it goes πŸ˜‰

    I also think it’s hilarious that the word Anglo-israelite exists. I thought the same thing when I saw the word…”they actually need a word for that?”

  5. jean pierre
    August 11, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    haha! i’m glad you guys liked it that i thought i invented “oblong”!

    and chris, its good to know that i’m not the only who does stuff like that πŸ™‚

    glad you liked anglo-israelite too!

    sadly its not quite as easy as that to get a word into the dictionary. sorry, i should’ve made that clearer the first time round.

    the idea about five quotations is that its the bare minimum of quotations that indicates that a word is in use and from there editors look on super search engines to find more evidence. there needs to be other evidence for the word to go in the dictionary. there are cases, though, where there is only 5 quotations that proves the words existence, but then it still goes in because it might be felt that it is spoken a lot (and thus hard to document) or something that will count in its favour is if its used over a long time period, which shows its durability.

    the other thing is that if the word is self-consciously created for the explicit purpose of getting it in – that immediately effects the word’s longevity. also the word needs to be in use for a decent enough time and look like it will be used in the future.

    that said, if we bloggers decided to self-consciously invent a word, and it stuck and it took off and it started appearing on the internet, well then its a word. a word is a word as long as its used. and thats the bottom line, really.

    a word normally has to be in use for a good many years, but depending on its popularity and projected longevity, it could go in as quickly as 5 years after its initial creation!

    its probably better for the word, though, if we create it or latch onto it because we like it. because then its more likely that we’ll use it. and thats where i can be of use. because if we come up with any words (or terms) then i can keep an eagle eye on its progress and get it in after a while.

  6. August 13, 2007 at 11:56 am

    I am quite fond of the word “oblong”. I don’t know, it just sounds..so right πŸ˜€

  7. jean pierre
    August 13, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    you’re exactly right, it describes it just perfectly! πŸ™‚

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