Friday, September 23, 2005

Pandemonium

Pandemonium, n. Literally, the Place of All the Demons. Most of them have escaped into politics and finance, and the place is now used as a lecture hall by the Audible Reformer. When disturbed by his voice the ancient echoes clamor appropriate responses most gratifying to his pride of distinction.

2005 Update: A space containing 1000 hockey fans, 500 conventioneers, 100 drunks, 10 abstainers, 5 children, 2 teachers or one opportunity.

26 comments:

Sar said...

Pandemonium: A concert's most unstaged performance.

(see boy bands)

zktckl - that tickles.

karma said...

cousin, twice removed, of Rascallion, and father of Bedlam

obdge: the aftermath of pandemonium, which can go on ad infinitum (as well as ad nauseum)

dddragon said...

Pandemonium: when black-and-white teddy bear-like creatures from a far-off Asian land go bad.

Sreekesh Menon said...

around the world, they now call it a parliament.

Doug said...

Sar, I'm not sure that part's unstaged. What are you doing at boy band concerts? Aren't you supposed to be a role model?

Please continue, Karma.

Dddragon, someone had to do it.

No, Sreekesh, only in India.

Chatham said...

Pandemonium: What happens when cats are released in a fish cannery. Or the Vet's when I arrive.

pia said...

Oh Doug I have to make this political, sorry

What should happen when more people hear the newly released NPR tapes where we get to hear Louisania officials begging the federal government for help

AP3 said...

What happens when Stevie Ray Vaughn opens a concert for Huey Lewis and the News? Or when McKinley Morganfield opens for Debbie Gibson? LOL -- that would be a real kick.

Jamie Dawn said...

I like Aral's definition.
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One time, I went to a concert, and the main performer had gotten suddenly ill and was replaced with another, less appreciated performer. It was a bubble burster, but thankfully only inner pandemonium occured.

Semisweet1 said...

Douglas,

kudos on your definition. You left out "one beagle mutt and a forgotten package of German sausage" (potentially, anyway.)

Here's mine:

Pandemonium, n: The interaction between a patient child and an intractable parent. Syn: Family business.

Doug said...

Chatcat, sounds like you've been bad. Is there anything you want to tell us?

Pia, I'd expect no less. I haven't heard the tape yet.

Yeah, Aral. I bet Debbie did a great "Mannish Boy"

Jamie Dawn, I went to see Merle Haggard twice when he didn't show. Fortunately, the opening act the second time was The Judds.

S, I'm sure I don't know what you mean.

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Tan Lucy Pez said...

Hrmpf. All the good ones have been taken. Well, of course someone's going to post a good one right after me. (This is all your fault for sleeping late.

Pandemonium,n.,
1.A big temptest in a Pan.
2.All hell. Breaking lose.
3.A bear and a mongoose fighting under a blanket. Oh, wait. Maybe that's the definition of what a fat butt looks like in tights.

weirsdo said...

The original musical instrument, with both percussive (pans) and vocal (moans) components. Still played by all early music afficionados (those under age 5).

a4g said...

Pandemonium, n. A state of hysterical frenzy similar to the scene that might occur should someone drop a $20 bill on the floor of the Senate.

LeesahEm. said...

pandemonium-the result of letting our inner animals loose without a choke chain

Tom & Icy said...

Our neighborhood

Doug said...

TLP, those are all good ones. Regarding #3, I always wondered what that would look like.

Weirsdo, that must be tough on a violinist. I know at least one middle-period musician who plays the same way.

a4g, you don't even need the 20.

Masil, that's strangely exciting. I'm reversible.

Icy, so I've read.

a4g said...

And Doug, it goes without saying that your 2005 Updates are always intimidating foes, but today's was truly sublime.

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

pandemonium:A Melodic Death/Doom Metal band from Lund, Sweden.

Doug said...

Thanks, a4g.

And thank you, Alice. You're pretty sure I'm not cool, aren't you?

Fred said...

Only two teachers? C'mon Doug, let's get a few more in there next time for "hyper-pandemonium."

Doug said...

Fred, I've never seen the inside of a teacher's lounge and my curiousity is behind me.

Fred said...

You'd be scarred for life. Trust me.

Nony Mitchell said...

Pandemonium - v.- that which occurs behind the eyes of those who look to be caught on the tracks as the train comes through and that which occurs when in the mind when they have absolutely no clue

to avoid getting political I will stop there

Doug said...

Fred, I have no doubt.

Aw, Spiritdancer. Nice to see you back here. Did you get hit by another train?