Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Rabble

Rabble, n. In a Republic, those who exercise a supreme authority tempered by fraudulent elections. The rabble is like the sacred Simurgh, of Arabian fable- omnipotent on condition that it do nothing. The word is Aristocratese, and has no exact equivalent in our tongue, but means, as nearly as may be, "soaring swine."

2005 Update: A collective term for nearby strangers. Strangers not within hearing distance, such as aren't on television, are referred to as "Us."

5 comments:

Manjusha said...

Interesting idea for a blog!

Chris Vallancourt said...

Pretty heady stuff, taking on the great Ambrose Bierce, but cheers!

Doug said...

Manjusha, thanks
Chris, I'm not taking him on, I'm watering him down, but thamls for the encouragement.

Stephanie said...

Just thoughtthat i would let you know i was here

Doug said...

Stephanie, delighted you could visit.