Archive for the ‘Humor’ Category

Rick Perry and the Jewish vote

August 25, 2011

I do not yet have an opinion about Rick Perry, GOP candidate for President. On the minus side, his recent prayer rally included some Jews for Jesus types whose goal is to convert Jews to Christianity. On the plus side, he is a longtime and staunch friend of Israel, and some of his policies in Texas (like tort reform) have clearly contributed to the strong Texas economy.

But he has other things that commend him to Jewish voters. Kinky Friedman (of the band Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys) likes him. And Perry recently signed a law that requires condominiums to permit owners to attach religious objects up to 25 inches long on their doors. While it applies to mezuzahs, I imagine it also applies to Christmas wreaths, as well.

In recognition of signing that law, Mezuzahstore.com is selling a one-of-a-kind mezuzah that is 26 inches long, just beyond the limit of the law. It is called “The Rick Perry” mezuzah. I guess everything really is bigger in Texas !

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Sean Altman of Jewmongous has a new song

September 11, 2010

Sean Altman, family friend and formerly of Rockapella, has a new song, Blame the Jews. Check it out and visit his site, http://jewmongous.com/ , offering Unkosher Comedy Songs. Enjoy !

Eggcorns and Mondegreens

September 7, 2010

I have long been a fan of quirky expressions, puns, and the like. I remember SNL performer Rich Hall‘s invention of Sniglets, words that don’t appear in the dictionary but should. Here are two examples (here is a list):

Icision (ih sih’ zhun) – n. Delicate operation performed on Neapolitan-flavored ice cream in which one entire flavor is precisely and systematically removed.

Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

Another class of words are variously called a malapropism or an eggcorn. Malaproprism (mal a propos or inappropriate) is not usually that funny (except perhaps those from Archie Bunker):

“A woman doctor is only good for women’s problems…like your groinocology.” (i.e. Gynaecology)

Eggcorns are more like puns, which are rarely thigh-slappers:

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Mondegreens, on the other hand, are funny misreadings of a phrase. The most famous is “Gladly, the cross-eyed bear” (Gladly the cross I’d bear), according to Jon Carroll, the mondegreen collector. I like the origin of the term, from Percy’s Reliques,

Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl O’ Moray,
And Lady Mondegreen.

The actual words are “and laid him on the green.”

More later on the origins of curious phrases like “dead ringer.” Did it originate with the Victorian phenomenon of safety coffins which had a bell so a person inadvertently buried alive could ring it and be saved ?


Our new competence czar :-)

June 16, 2010

There has been much talk about the ‘czars’ who seem to be running big parts of our government, generally not subject to Senate confirmation, as well as of the competence of the Obama administration. Leaving serious discussion aside, for now, here is a tongue-in-cheek link I found on Paco Enterprises, Obama to name new competence czar (by way of Glenn Reynolds). Those of us who lived to wake up early on the weekend to watch the Stooges will enjoy:

“Would I like to be competence czar? Soit’nly!”