Dark Bilious Vapors

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02/06/2005: Book of the Week

(Not that I'm really going to be doing a Book of the Week post...But only because this particular book was TOO GOOD not to share the fun around...and I'm thinking Jon Stewart must use it as a "handi-reference guide" for jokes on The Daily Show.)

It's called In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World (2004 edition from Levenger Press Book) by Christopher J. Moore.

I'm only on p. 37 so far...but I've already come across these priceless GEMs:

Lebensabschnittsgefahrte: "A bit of life companion" (euphemism for "living in sin")

Attaccabottoni: "A bore who 'buttonholes' you with long tales of woe" (Len will have to tell us how many he meets at this weekend blogger get-together...LOL)

Metro-boulot-dodo: Means a pointless existence as in "subway-work-sleep" (not to be confused with Metro-boulot-bistrots-megots-dodo-zero: "subway-work-bars-fags-sleep-nothing".)

Gilipollas: "Innocent" "Born yesterday" as in naively thoughtless (WOW...they have a word coined just for ME ...LOL)

Well...I strongly advise having your own copy of this book...you never know when you'll need to use it!!

Karen on 02.06.05 @ 03:53 PM CST

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Replies: 2 comments

on Sunday, February 6th, 2005 at 4:01 PM CST, Len Cleavelin said

No boring buttonholing at The Bash. Not that I noticed, anyway. Unless I did it; I was the only one with A Tale Of Woe™ to recount.

on Sunday, February 6th, 2005 at 4:56 PM CST, Karen McLauchlan said

Oh you little 'ole Attaccabottoni, you...LOL

Well...we're all having those same woes...;-)

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