Friday, October 28, 2005

Intellectual

Intellectual, adj. Employed on the Bulletin, in the department of Art, Literature and Agriculture; residing in Boston; near-sighted.

2005 Update: Commited to public radio and the certainty that reason bears the force of angels.

In a perfect conicidence with today's post, Blocahalela of The Pansi Files has posted her Audiobiography on Doug Drones On.

39 comments:

Sar said...

Intellectual as in my playground, as in Waking Ambrose. Thanks for finally opening the park today!

karma said...

they are so brilliant, they hide behind mismatched rumpled clothes and thick glasses

Semisweet1 said...

Intellectual, n: Full of shog.

Jamie Dawn said...

An intellectual is often a bit socially awkward. It seems one must suffer for the other to flourish.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Intellectual,,adj., Highbrow. Describing one who has found something in life more interesting than sex.
Also see, lacking personality.

LeesahEm. said...

intellectual-one who uses The New York Times for more than packing boxes and lining bird cages.

pia said...

Intellectual: anybody who graduated from the University of Chicago, undergrad. They all walk around using verbiage I'm not sure that they understand

Know too many UChi grads and am the official transltor betweeen them and the rest of the world.

Doug said...

Sar, sometimes the unwholesome, unwashed idiot playground attendant wakes up late. Yeah, we know what he's been doing!

Karma, it's a great disguise.

Haha, S. Still on that one, huh?

Jamie Dawn, it's true and sometimes the socially awkward are just slow-witted nerds. I know. I was disappointed too.

E.G., TLP?

You mean like the crossword puzzle, Masil?

Doug said...

Ooops, Pia, we were on at the same time. I find the propensity of the matriculators of elite university to plasticize the lexicon irredeemably enturbulating. Glad you're there for us common folk.

Semisweet1 said...

you know how I slay me, Doug.

Andrew Donaldson said...

Intellectual, adj. 1. One who values the pursuit and use of knowledge. 2. Unpopular. 3. Ineligible for public office.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

E.g., Adlai Stevenson, also see: Egghead n.

ant. George W. Bush. See Not interested in anything, nor interesting in any way.

Doug said...

Yeah, S, I do. Don't you need to cook a marshmallow or something?

Andrew, what about ugly?

TLP, our President isn't a deep thinker? Then why did we elect him?

ariel said...

intellectuals are hypocritical but not every hypocrite is an intellectual.

dddragon said...

S, you slay me, too.

Intellectuals: what I am surrounded with; people to keep up with. Modern day Joneses in some circles. Example: our host.

lula said...

Intelligence coagulates covertly inside. Ignorance transudes profusely.

Doug said...

Ariel, your logic is perfect, honest, consistent and, therefore, false.

Hahahaha, Dddragon! That was great!

Lula, you're clearly over my head here.

Ariella said...

Intellectual~ definition varies according to the grammatical person.

First person singular~ apparently self-depreciating with a strong subtext of declaring a clear superiority of mind, typically used in the negative.
"Cold fusion is just theoretical at this point but more research is needed, well, that is what Ira Plato of Science Friday tells me, I'm no intellectual."

Second person singular~ Used to praise excessively, the sincerity of such use is suspect.
"You are such an intellectual, Doug, I just love your site."

Third person singular~ A slur or a compliment, depending on the spite or self assuredness of the user.

Peter Porcupine said...

Hey! I just got here through BlogExplosion! Whoops, gotta click that number - see you, Doug!

pia said...

Find them troubling too, Doug, but today nothing can make unhappy, nothing

Looking forward to a fair fight in 2008

Doug said...

Ariella, I am never suspicious of your sincerity. Of course, I'm no intellectual.

Wow, Peter, I guess credits have a long shelf-life. Thanks for spending 30 seconds with me.

Pia, I wish you a fair fight in ought-eight.

Minka said...

If ignorance is bliss, then intelligence is suffering the blissful!

Jamie Dawn said...

I don't want to be a slow-witted nerd, but I would like to increase my intelligence.
Homeschooling my kids in areas such as Algebra has made me painfully aware of how lacking my natural intelligence really is.
"Jamie Hood, scholar"... will never be said of me, but, thankfully, I'm confident that "Jamie Hood, slow-witted nerd" won't be said of me either.

a4g said...

Intellectual, adj. Having the force of Intellect, which is one of the debunked humors, somewhere between phlegm and choler.

Doug said...

Nice twist, Monika!

Jamie Hood, scholar, as intelligent as you are you wrong this time.

Bilious as always, a4g.

Sreekesh Menon said...

just another frame of mind.

weirsdo said...

The great majority of the intelligensia that I know seek nothing, do nothing, and as yet are incapable of work. They call themselves the intelligentsia, yet they belittle their servants, treat the peasants like animals, are wretched students, never read anything serious, and do absolutely nothing; they only talk about science and know very little about art. They all look serious, have grim expressions, speak of weighty matters, and philosophize . . . .
Chekhov, THE CHERRY ORCHARD

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

intellectual,n. someone with the gift of inert speculation.

Indeterminacy said...

I'll add an alternative def to Lucy Pez's intellectual:

Someone clever enough to make films with great sex in them that everyone calls art.

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

naw that's a sintellectual

AP3 said...

Intellectual, n., a quality you won't find in Pezland.

Notice how it's all about me lately, Doug?

;-)

Doug said...

Sreekesh, well-confined and expansive.

Nice, Weirsdo. I was wondering how you'd approach this one.

Biercelike, Alice. Well done.

Indie, why do I think I could have put any word at all up there and that would have been your definition?

Haha again, Alice. You must be feeling better.

As far as I'm concerned, Aral, it should be all about you. I think intellectuals are like roaches in Pezland. Anex is a genius.

ariel said...

@Doug: but darling, logic is like that. :)

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Ahem...It's 9:39 AM on the east coast. Do you know where your Saturday post is? *tapping foot*

Doug said...

Yes, dear Ariel. Almost always.

It's up now, TLP, and as you'll see, sometimes it really is best to make Mama wait.

actonbell said...

(Gracious me, Mama's everywhere)

I hope you had a Happy Indictment Day! speaking of hangin' on NPR...

Doug said...

I'm telling you, Actonbell, they're like geese

Indeterminacy said...

I don't know why you think that, Doug. By the way, what word did you put up there?

Princess Wild Cow said...

Intellectual: One who still believes there is value in the study of the humanities, often underemployed.