Archive for May, 2013

By Carborundam -

Quezopopacatel

There are no results for Quezopopacatel in a Google search. The word does have a Mesoamerican sound, and Google suggests searching for Quetzalpapalotl, the Mayan Butterfly God. Let’s assume, with Blurp and Google, that it is the caterpillar before the butterfly; it is the worm.

There is something of a Spanish influence …

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The art of the insult is as old as language, as old as humankind, if not older. Are  not the inarticulate warnings and challenges of beasts a form of insult?   From the gruntings of primitive man, through to the debates of the Greek democracies and the Roman forum, the competitive flyting of …

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Say hello to my little friend. His name is Blurp. He loves to swear at people that vex him, but he’s actually usually polite and a little shy.

So Blurp uses Secret Swears. He substitutes a common, everyday word or phrase, assigns it an insulting, rude or vulgar meaning, and then works it into …

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A varlet or squire holding a Knight’s halberd. Beside him a crossbowman. Image from the 15th Century Chroniques Of Froissart.

 

var·let
/ˈvärlət/

1. A man or boy acting as a menial servant

2. A knight’s page

3. A rascal, rogue, vagrant or scallywag. An uprincipled person.

Middle English, from Old French, variant of valet or vaslet, from vassal.

 

In Feudal times, …

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