19 Sep 2007
Or: Dither & Yawn
Steven "The Piker" Pinker too casually dismisses some colourful etymologies, such as the one about the Babylonian Honey Mead Month/Moon, "out of hand" (see not Long John Silver again, but Cap'n Hook). Robert Jones (see "Robert Jones Splint", unsuccessfully used in treating Mr. Silver), probably not the author of "Sans Teeth, Sans Caboodle, Sans Krit, Sans Everything", noted that a Hindu sect, after succeeding where all but the "dwarfish folk*" immortalized by Robert Louis Stevenson, had failed, used the expression, "Heather and Yoni", and later brought back with him the expression..........[sorry to drone on; I seem to have put the Gentle Readers to sleep]
*See the "Picts" cited by R.L.S. (also see Restless Lingham Syndrome) and described by Tacitus, not as "swarthy" or "dwarfish", but "red-haired" and "large-limbed", and the previous "Terror Scot" thread.
I once felt that I might be "going over the line" when I asked someone what folks thought of the Simpsons' "Groundskeeper Willie" back in her native land. Her reply both did and undid my mild embarrassment (cheeks probably not quite red enough for the Robert Burns Unit), given that, dolt that I am, had failed to "put two and two together" with respect to her hair colour: "They say I could be his daughter." -A bonnie bon mot, if not quite a put-down, IMHO -also apparently sufficing to turn away any wrath of her companion.
19 Sep 2007
Eat My Shouts, Dude
For those unfamiliar with Groundskeeper Willie, here's a pict [sic] of him telling someone to eat shouts then hoes and leaves.
For those who didn't "get" "Heather and Yoni", listen mein Kinder and ye shall hear, not a tale of William Tell or Steven Pinker or Paul Revere, or Tel Aviv or Tel Afar [ht Hugh and to the herds of the tribe which threatened to trample the "Lucy" site (see posted Wordsworth parody)] or Hans Brinker or Silver Skates, or a sailor named Bates (see "Fandango":no nuts, no dates), or midnight gardens near and far, or good or evil Adam and Eve, but, rather gather hither and thither for something out of the Wild Blue Yonder.