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#71031 - 05/23/02 07:37 PM Re: Damp Squib
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Isn't that a quote from William Faulkner's As Hamlet Lay Dying?

jmh, I was being ridiculous. Haven't you fathomed yet the superficiality of my sense of humor? I stive so hard to
make nothing out of nothing.

My joke was (alas) a damp squib.

I like the sound of "damp squid" even better and wish we could construct a definition for that!

Beat regards,
WordWashedOut


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#71032 - 05/23/02 07:43 PM Re: Damp Squibs and Squids
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Sorry wordy - I should have guessed - der!

Here's evidence of the damp squid (use "find on this page"):
http://www.theglobalist.com/nor/readlips/2000/10-25-00.shtml
http://www.otherkin.net/harmonyDiscord/rants/harmonydiscord.html
http://www.hackwriters.com/Obrother.htm
There are many sightings of the watery seafood to be found. Sea if you can think of a defintion.


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#71033 - 05/23/02 07:45 PM .
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#71034 - 05/23/02 07:48 PM Re: Damp Squib
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>crossthreading here to Vernon's "misquoted" thread?

There is indeed, although I was particularly interested in whether the term was understood outside the UK.


[Edit: Well spotted Max & WW, serves me right for not being up to date with the board, night night, it's too late for me!]

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#71035 - 05/23/02 07:49 PM Re: Damp Squib
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Is there a crossthreading here to Vernon's "misquoted" thread?


Uh, huh.

And Hamlet's wrong;
And Faulker's title is wrong in two ways;
And it's a pain in the butt explaining bad damp squib jokes.

Could "damp squid" be a pretty cool term to describe a redundant statement?

Edit: I will swear off trying to tell jokes and will stick with calculator computations.


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#71036 - 05/23/02 07:55 PM .
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#71037 - 05/23/02 08:02 PM Re: Damp Squib
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Well, yeah, Max. tsuwm was making the cross-reference joke about the misquote--you could tell he was making a joke because of the little double-stacked marshmallow thing he does followed by the right banana, and then I made my damp squib joke, and then jmh misunderstood the damp squib joke, but then saw that it was a joke and provided instances of damp squids used to mean damp squibs, and then the cross references you and jmh were writing about weren't the same cross reference references, and that's all there is to say about that.


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#71038 - 05/23/02 08:03 PM Re: Damp Squib
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And I always thought a "damp squib" was when you squibble with a wet pencil.


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#71039 - 05/23/02 08:14 PM Re: Damp Squib
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>and that's all there is to say about that.

precisely. (cross-threading possibilities abound)

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