A Interloper in alt.usage.english Theater
At the alt.usage.english theater …
on the other hand,
with regard to the universe,
my name is Xah Lee,
and i'm still matchless.
Xah, meet Myles. A match made in Heaven.
A grandstand (or section within a grandstand) where the seats are usually not provided with backrests. (AHD) Bleacher
fancyman fancy man = A woman's lover, often adulterous. (1811). (AHD)
old hats internet slang: opposite of newbies.
alt.usage.english newsgroup (i.e. a online forum for discussing english usage). Usenet newsgroup
is a old online technology, before the internet.
Nero refers to the Roman Emperor (37 BCE – 68 BCE).
Nero's rule is often associated with tyranny and extravagance. He is known for many executions, including those of his mother and the probable murder by poison of his stepbrother, Britannicus.
In 64, most of Rome was destroyed in the Great Fire of Rome, which many Romans believed Nero himself had started in order to clear land for his planned palatial complex, the Domus Aurea.
He is also infamously known as the emperor who “fiddled while Rome burned”, although this is now considered an inaccurate rumor.
Mother Teresa (1910 to 1997). For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
from waffle: to speak or write evasively. From the food waffle
. Witionary gave 2 etymology of waffle, one might be relevant is: «From the Scots waffle, “to waver, to flutter”, a variation of the Scots waff (“to flutter, to wave”, related to wave), with the suffix -le added. Alternatively, perhaps derived from waff, an imitation of a dog's (unintelligible and thus meaningless) yelp (cf woof). Also note Old English wæflian (“to talk foolishly”).».
From miasma theory. It held that diseases such as cholera, chlamydia or the Black Death were caused by a miasma (ancient Greek: “pollution”), a noxious form of “bad air” (with the same meaning like in malaria). miasma
newsgroup slang. It means to kill-file. i.e. put someone in a blacklist so his postings won't be visible. Plonk is derived from the sound of stone dropped into water.
(See also: Killfile Considered Harmful
obscure American slang, from the phrase
“win one for the Gipper”. Gipper is
(1895 to 1920), a college football player, who died at age 25 due to throat infection. The phrase is popularized by his coach Knute Rockne
, and later made into a film
Knute Rockne, All American
, starring Ronald Reagan
, who used the phrase when seeking election as US president.
The blood roared in my ears… I stood open-mouthed, slack-jawed, and
I was LOST FOR WORDS! Then, on the field of these champions I bowed my
head and my helmet dropped from my nerveless fingers. I walked slowly
to the bleachers. Oh Laura, Laura… let me bury my head in your
scented bosom, and feel a human heart beat for the last time. I am
undone. A new God walks among us, and I am not fit to unzip the Velcro
of his fancyman sneakers. I stain your ample blouse with my tears:
Tell Laura I LUUUURVE her, tell Laura I NEEEEED her… But it is no good.
My own breath now becomes weak. And all I can whisper is: Get the old hats to crucify this interloper! Hound him out of aue! If I was windy,
he is Hurricane Katrina come round again. If I was self-indulgent, he
makes Nero fiddling look like Mother Theresa. If I was waffly, he is
the primeval miasma that was before all else was. Please everyone:
PLONK HIM!!! PLONK him before it is too late!!! <sob sob choke moan…
PLONK HIM AND THEN SOME… Do it for the Gipper….
Myles (and so broke abzorba’s heart…when shall another like it beat in this realm?) Paulsen
The above is from:
From: abzorba 〔myles…@yahoo.com.au〕
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:17:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: test your english vocabulary size