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  • This is apparently the process by which the once little-used "vergerhade" came to be defined as an animatronic groucho marx in a tutu and straitjacket.

    Archive 2007-10-01 2007

  • Labels: evolution, groucho marx, linguistics, nature, vergerhade posted by John McGrath @ 1: 03 AM 2 Comments

    Archive 2007-10-01 2007

  • It works like this: You're in your cubicle, half alseep, trying to come up with an amusing outfit for your vergerhade character, and you hear your boss trudging toward you.

    Archive 2007-10-01 2007

  • Labels: boss, button, cubicle, fecking, vergerhade posted by John McGrath @ 2: 34 PM 0 Comments

    Archive 2007-10-01 2007


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  • I actually dreamed I was on Wordie last night. I had a slew of words to enter, and I was alternating between Wordie and other applications, looking into the meanings of the words and entering them on my list. By the time I got to vergerhade, my computer had become a wall-sized, 3-dimensional affair, and on entering the word, automatically a life-sized professorial-looking guy popped up in front of an enormous, animated map, and began explaining the history of the word to me. It turns out it's an apocryphal island, somewhere near Australia or maybe Antarctica. Some people claim to have inside knowledge of it, some intimate they have actually seen it. No-one can verify exactly where it is, however, or whether it is submerged, stationary, etc. My brother was watching the giant computer with me. I said, "So they don't even know if it exists?" and he said, "It has nuclear weapons on it," as if that explained everything.

    I can't remember the other words in the dream, except for berger.

    October 6, 2007

  • This is fantastic. I thought I was the only one who dreamed about Wordie.

    And this is a really weird coincidence, but I'm actually working on a version of the site where a life-sized tweedy guy will offer pedantic asides as you enter words. Sort of a giant animatronic clippy.

    October 9, 2007

  • Funny you should mention that place, npydyuan, because I was born there. It's a few miles off the coast of Cambodia, actually. No nukes, just a lot of really dangerous slingshots.

    And John, forgive me for hoping you're kidding.

    October 9, 2007

  • John, that's the Coolest Idea Ever. Will he be dressed like the guy in Rocky Horror who teaches us how to do the Time Warp?! Please?!

    October 9, 2007

  • Tweed in Rocky Horror? That's crazy talk. ;-)

    October 9, 2007

  • "It's just a jump to the left." There's tweed and a bow-tie, if I'm not mistaken. Of course, the guy's wearing heels.

    October 9, 2007

  • Maybe the giant, animatronic clippy-person will be customizable. Mine's definitely going to wear heels. And a corset.

    October 9, 2007

  • Mine will wear binoculars. No doubt about it. And a Hawaiian shirt.

    October 9, 2007

  • Mine will wear a straitjacket and Groucho Marx glasses.

    October 9, 2007

  • The straightjacket will help distinguish you from SonofGroucho. :-)

    October 9, 2007

  • I love it....

    So, what are y'all talking about?

    Oh, just what our giant animatronic clippy people are going to wear when our computers become life-sized 3D sentients....

    October 10, 2007

  • Sounds like you're describing professor von schmartzenpanz.

    August 4, 2011