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#124529 - 03/06/04 09:32 AM Re: today's OED word
wwh Offline
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Ich bin der Quibblemeister. Faldage is a mere amateur.


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#124530 - 03/06/04 09:36 AM Re: today's OED word
Faldage Offline
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a mere amateur

I do love it so.


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#124531 - 03/06/04 11:37 AM Re: today's OED word
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I'd say he's a contractor - not full time, but worth what he gets paid. He is the master of the sophisticated quibble ....


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#124532 - 03/06/04 11:49 AM Re: today's OED word
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>Faldage is right

strictly speaking, and pedantically and quibbleistically as well, I couldn't agree less. bearhug (hyphenated or no) is manifestly a different word than hug, and began life as a noun.
-ron o.


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#124533 - 03/06/04 12:00 PM Re: today's OED word
wwh Offline
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There are bearhugs to avoid. When Alaska became a state,
a Texan decided to become an Alaskan. He flew up there,
walked into a bar, and asked bartender how to become an
Alaskan.
The bartender said: "Chug-a-lug a quart of whiskey, have
sex with an Eskimo woman, and shoot a grizzly bear."
The Texan chug-a-lugged the whiskey, and went out Several
hours later he returned, with horrible scratches on his face.
He said to the bartender:"Gimme another quart of whiskey. I've got to start over. No problem shooting the Eskimo woman, but I've got to try again to have sex with that bear."


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#124534 - 03/06/04 12:59 PM Re: today's OED word
grapho Offline
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Registered: 11/09/03
Posts: 619
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Re: Texan becoming an Alaskan joke

wwh, I have a feeling you have just offended everyone in at least 2 states.

I suggest you lay low for awhile or bear the consequences.




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#124535 - 03/06/04 02:36 PM Re: barehug
Wordwind Offline
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What comes to mind when you think of two people barehugging each other?


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#124536 - 03/06/04 02:46 PM Re: today's OED word
wwh Offline
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Dear Grapho: The Readers Digest survived publishing it way
back then, so I think I am in no danger.
Anyway, only the Eskimaux have a legitimate objection.
Aside from preferring "Inuit".


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#124537 - 03/06/04 03:00 PM Re: today's OED word
Capfka Offline
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Registered: 06/28/02
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Geez, Bill, it's an old joke and in mixed company the punchline usually comes out as:

"and the Texan staggered in through the door, covered in cuts and scratches, and barely able to stand because of the amount of whisky he'd drunk and just about fainting from blood loss. He blearily eyed the assembled sourdoughs at the bar who were all sniggering into their Buds. He tried to speak a couple of times and failed, but eventually managed to get his question out:

"All right, you bashtids ... now whersh thish Eskimo wumman y'all want me to wrassle?"



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#124538 - 03/06/04 03:19 PM Re: today's OED word
wwh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Dear Capfka: the joke is so old it has undoubtedly had
many revisions. I can't even remember the exact details
of the RD version. But at least a "bearhug" got involved.



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