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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 08:53 PM

For that matter, the word "portmanteau" itself.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 08:57 PM

And then there are "chucklehead", "dimwit", and "fathead"...the list goes on and on.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 09:06 PM

Only in the French, monsieur. Those who have no word for entrepreneur, according to M. Boosh. :D Literally "It carries the overcoat", I guess.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 09:09 PM

Nothing beats French for expressiveness. It's the ultimate. Seen "Ratatouille" yet?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 09:09 PM

Oh, fie, Little Hawk. Does your scurrilous vituperation have no bounds? In the end, sir, have you no conscience?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 09:27 PM

Sorry, buddy -- we cross-posted. As far as I know there is nothing vituperative about Ratatouille.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 09:32 PM

I considered whether Blathertwaddle is a portmanteau word (before I got to your discussion of it, BTW) and discarded it. A true portmanteau word is a little more subtle.

Worthington Bank, for example. It is a bank that has offices in Fort Worth and Arlington. Worth-ington. It has nothing to do with the Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, and I don't know if that is a name or a portmanteau. Anyway, I don't think you can just stick to words together for a portmanteau, you have to lop a little off surgically and still have a pronounceable something left over.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 09:37 PM

Portmanteau words mash together the sounds and meanings of two other words, or as Humpty Dumpty tells Alice in "Through the Looking-Glass," they pack two meanings into one word (portmanteau = suitcase or valise). Some portmanteau words paint vivid mental pictures, such as Lewis Carroll's slithy toves who are lithe and slimy at the same time. Others just describe things, such as smog (a blend of smoke and fog), infomercial (a lengthy commercial chock-full of product information), and Reaganomics (the Reagan-era, trickle-down economic policy).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 09:38 PM

blend: a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings; "`smog' is a blend of `smoke' and `fog'"; "`motel' is a portmanteau ...

wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 09:39 PM

So Blathertwaddle is not a portmanteau, but more of a Pushme-Pullyu sort of word.

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 09:50 PM

It's your word, Amos. Your very own word. You created it so you can define it however you like. You can even carve little birds and bunches of grapes on it, install stained glass windows, or write graffiti all over the walls. You can tack up pinups or shoot a patriotic "VR" in a wall in bullet pocks. You can impale your correspondence to the mantel with your penknife and make atrocious stinks on a chemical-stained deal table. It's your word -- enjoy it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 09:57 PM

Pushmi-pullyu. When I organized the books a couple of weeks ago I found a double volume of Dr. Dolittle. How handy!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 12:24 AM

Um...Rapaire...it is Little Hawk's word. I was chastising him for being assertive about it. Read the last six or so posts...


But thanks for all that liberal cheerleading, pal!! It's good practice for you.



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 09:48 AM

No, no. I give it to you. Little Hawk wouldn't know what to do with it. He'd probably polish all the time and put it in a display case to catch dust. You know how those Shatnerophiles are.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 10:24 AM

Well, er, thanks, good Rapaire. I shall keep it safe for future generations. We who have been raised on English have plenty of fine words, and those in generations yet unborn may have need of it to combine with their other four words.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 10:33 AM

AND you hold the International and Intergalactic Copyrights on it. So every time it's used you should get a royalty payment.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 10:37 AM

This is all well and good, Sir, but I must enquire, in the interests of justice, whether you have consulted with Little hawk about your liberal generosity?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 10:40 AM

For God's sake, man! LH is Canadian!! And you know what THAT means!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 10:56 AM

Low sperm count?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 11:30 AM

Nice day, Mom! You wanna leave the guys in the house to finish their argument and come help me transplant some stuff around the yard? Better get the little compressor out of the pickup and inflate the wheelbarrow tire. Keeps going flat.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 12:01 PM

Life is just an endless sorrow
When you have
A flat wheelbarrow
Tribulations
Never cease
Pump it up,
And give it grease.
Then your garden
Hoe and harrow
With a trusty
True wheel barrow
That is where
The good life's at
Not bemoaning
A barrow flat!

Mehitabel Coldiron
Normal Things from Abnormal Viewpoints
Codswallop Mammary and Ironware, pubs.
Aberdeen, 1987


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 01:13 PM

Rapaire, you can't give my word away to Amos. It's just not allowed. I would have to negotiate with Amos for a trade of some sort...a share of ownership wherein I get 50% rights to one of his words in return for allowing him to use blathertwaddle.

Since Amos is already a master of blathertwaddle, I see no harm in making such an agreement.

As for my sperm count, it may be low. I'm not sure. All I know is, I have not produced any progeny thus far (despite engaging in certain, ahem!, activities with various females over the years)...and I do not intend to if I can possibly avoid it! That being the case, I think having a low sperm count might not be such a bad thing after all.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 01:42 PM

As I already said, sir, I use words from the respected commons of English, the linguistic high road where the words are widely known (by those who care for such things) and recognized.

So I do not need a made up word. However this is no loss to your proposition as I have already given freely to your collection multiple times, gems of semantic treasure which you have been glad to receive, and I have been glad to freely give. That's the way civilized wordsmiths work.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 03:20 PM

Sorry, LH. You made up the word but you didn't copyright it. I took that step and passed the copyright to Amos, who I felt best represented the word. Should you use it anywhere on this planet (i.e., Earth) or anywhere in the Milky Way galaxy (and the Magellan sub-galaxies) without paying royalties to Amos you can be sent to the Plutonium Pits of the Prison Planet Peritaxeles for the rest of your unnatural life.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 04:00 PM

Why do you assume that his unnatural life will ever end, Rapaire? If his unnaturalness is deeply seated in his Being, it may travel with him from lifetime to lifetime, quirking and quarking countless identities down the future span of history yet to be made.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 07:56 PM

When everything collapses back on itself and a new Universe explodes from that, Little Hawk will be there, unchanged and unaffected.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 09:11 PM

Maybe his sperm count will be higher.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 09:40 PM

LOL! Possibly.

Rapaire, you have done it now. I will not rest until you pay for your nefarious deed. When Chongo gets free from Bobert's presidential campaign, I am gonna turn him loose on YOU.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 10:04 PM

Okay...Bobert has me as his Vice President. Bobert is my VP choice.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 10:52 PM

What's more, Chongo hasn't been around Campaign Headquarters AT ALL. There's strong suspicion that he's lying drunk in the gutter again.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 02:07 AM

He;s trying to persuade the DNC to invite both of you to the Convention. But they keep holding out for more bananas,



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 09:10 AM

We are our own political party, tentatively entitled "The Don't Know Nothin's". Our party animal has a lampshade over its head so we're not quite sure what it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 09:37 AM

Might even be hooming, I guess...


As far as I know they is the only species that uses lampshades...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 11:05 AM

Nah, too many legs. I think it's a woodchuck or maybe a hoary marmot.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 11:18 AM

I am not sure, from a political perspective, you should be commenting on its morals or means of livelihood in public, Rapaire.

It must have a very delicate vertical niche to survive in, economically, and I am sure if you were to reveal its client list it would cause a scandal that would completely splinter the Republican party.

Great idea, by the way. Maybe Oprah would have it on her show -- "Marmot Tells All..."...I like it. And if its livelihood was shattered by the subsequent scandals, it could always write a book on the story. And the French, well you know how they are, could be counted on to come with a support group to collect donations to replace its lost livelihood. Probably a Protestant organization, I would expect, "Marmot l'Aide Orange" or some such...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 12:08 PM

Now eight-and-ninety grace this Kay.
Can nine of C be far away?
And after that? And then? What then?
When ninety adds another ten?
And after that? Will there be more?
When 900 adds again a score?
And scores again, five scores, I say!
'Twill be the twenty-two of K.
Oh brothers! Slog onward by that star!
It is not near, but not too far!
And let far history's minstrels say,
They gained the Twenty-two of K,
There on that distant Mudcat day,
When all the threads lay in dull sleep,
These few, their honor'd vows did keep,
These did what they were sworn to do,
And boldly brought the MOAB through.

Bully Forrus
Declaiming Innocence Without Virtue
Enlight, Enment, Unlike, Lee, pubs.
Greenwich Village, 1942


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 12:26 PM

I think you'll have to drop the lampshade. No suitable animal/lampshade images to be stolen borrowed for the party literature.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 02:54 PM

You wanna make a   bet?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 04:15 PM

Lampsahdes???? We stand on the brink of the most hostoric sea-change in our history for mebbe fifty years, and you wanna talk LAMPSHADES?


Sigh.

Go an' tell yer Mama
To vote for Obama
Ain't no turnin' back
Cast it for Barack
No-one else, you will confess,
Has a handle on this mess.
Get it said, and get it done.
Vote Obama, he's the one.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 06:02 PM

Well, that's as good as any other political versification I've seen lately.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 08:53 PM

So what did you do, go to Google and search on "lemur and lampshade"? I didn't come up with anything like you did in my search.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 10:27 PM

"Animal" and "lamp" I think.

How'd ya like the chicken?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 12:03 AM

Sorry, Mom...I got so interested in the surprising surge of popularity sweeping behind Barack's candidacy I forgot to drop in and see how you are. But I see Rapaire has been reading you animal stories. That's orful nice.



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 12:03 AM

Who wouldn't want one of these?

The perfect housewarming gift!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 12:04 AM

When you get there, click the link to "see image alone" at the top of the page.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 12:10 AM

Just the thing either for a pre-med student or a serial killer



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 08:13 AM

I was flying out of Denver and behind me in the security line were two guys, each of whom was carrying a model of a human pelvis. Naturally I asked them if, since they were flying off somewhere, pelvis was leaving the building. They gagged.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 10:33 AM

Oh, of COURSE you did. And of COURSE they did. What did you learn from that experience?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 10:39 AM

That serial killers don't have a sense of humor?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 11:09 AM

That young people have no respect for Elvis?


A


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