Category Archives: religion

neologism of the day

I don’t care to log in at Kos for one comment, so I’ll put it here.

Daily Kos writes:

What natural means isn’t specified. But I’m sure there’s an Tex-aytollah somewhere ready to let us know.

Allow me to suggest ayatexah. Besides letting the /t/ and the last /a/ do double duty, it preserves the tatpurusa structure of the original: an ayatollah is a something-or-other of God, an ayatexah is a something-or-other of Texas.

does He play bridge?

This morning someone came to my door and invited my comment on a line of the New Testament, something about keeping an eye out “for none knoweth the hour.” After he had gone I thought: but then what?

“Sorry to wake you but I thought you’d like to know, Jesus is back.”

“Yeah? Say hi for me, then, and invite Him to the party next week. Did He happen to mention when we throw off the Roman yoke?”

One cannot grow up in this culture without absorbing the broad outlines, as I said to my visitor, but here’s a point on which I’m hazy.

the jolly old elf

My contemporary Jim Henley (alternate archive) reminisces:

Dammit, when I was a boy we had to work at atheism and agnosticism. We walked uphill in the snow – both ways! – to doubt the cogito! Nobody handed us disbelief on an hors d’oeuvre tray like these lazy brats you see nowadays, with their video games and their piercings!

This comes in the middle of some musings on the effects of Santa Clausery.