This time of year
in every age was viewed by all classes of the community as a period of absolute relaxation and unrestrained merriment (from Lacus Curtius)
Methinks not much has changed in the intervening two millennia.
While many will argue that it cannot be proven Saturnalia eventually gifted (hehe) any characteristics to Christmas, here are a few striking similarities:
Squabash ~ To squash or defeat.
In particular, it means to defeat someone by using cutting criticism to absolutely drive them or their argument into the ground.
In the age of heated Twitter rivalries, I think it’s time we brought #squabashed into the mix, to recognize those who manage the ultimate final word.
Alternately, I often feel squabashed by my computer, when I’m trying to make it see reason. It will destroy my carefully worded argument in just a few short clicks
Makes me wonder if I should change my 404 page to Squabashed. This page cannot be found. Try again, puny human.
Garbist ~ One who is skilled in polite behavior; an expert in good manners.
No wonder we don’t use this word anymore. I don’t know if I’ve ever met any person who meets this criteria–myself included.
But boy, that would be a nice thing to put on your business card:
Garbist and Dark Lord
Oh, c’mon! We all know he talked way, way too politely to be just an average villain.
Whister-clister ~ A smart blow to the ear.
It just sounds like it hurts.
This probably went out of fashion around the same time we stopped boxing children’s ears on a regular basis.
Image by Andy Templeton (CC)
Moffle ~ To do something clumsily or ineffectively; to botch.
This is one of the most memorable moments I’ve seen on TV:
I will always remember how awesome Claire Champlin was to just keep going after that Amazing Race moment and finish the leg. And in all fairness to her, I don’t think she was clumsy, but it was definitely the most ineffective attempt at a watermelon slingshot. Perhaps ever. World-class moffle.
Gleimous ~ Full of phlegm or mucus.
It sounds so much worse to be gleimous than stuffed up, and the visual that comes to mind is slick and repellent. Blech.
Note: I was just trying to find a picture of some poor, sick sod. But then…sick storm trooper! How awful would it be to have a runny nose in that helmet?
Image credit and awesome props to JD Hancock (CC)