Monday, January 16, 2006


Jealousy, n. The seamy side of love.

2005 Update: The inspiration to get out of bed in the evening. Mother to the Muses.

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.


Sar said...

“And oft, my jealousy shapes faults that are not”
- William Shakespeare

karma said...

women hurriedly herding their men away when i walk into the party (because i'm smart, of course). they have pretty green eyes, though

karma said...

ooops - Sar got her foot into the door first. hisssssss

Indeterminacy said...

I'm jealous of your definition, so I'll pass on defining. Anyhow, I posted a story today with some jealousy motifs. (#327)

mireille said...

Fear that the part of You that is missing, and resident in the Other, is being usurped by Another. xoxo

Doug said...

Sar, is Shakespeare a character in one of Twain's short stories? I don't recognize the name.

Karma, the hussies! (Not Sar, the ones at the party)

Well I'll be right there when I get over the envy. I was proud of having 27 stories.

Well done, Mireille. *turns green*

Tom & Icy said...

jealousy, an ingrediant along with resentment, possessiveness, suspicion and envy cooks up to be fools pie for face throwing. n'yuk n'yuk n'yuk

Minka said...

a human condition deeply embedded in our most primitive psycholgy.

most commonly associated with a woman, screaming at the top of her voice in direction towards an Adam of this species:"Thou art a most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of not one good quality." -All´s Well that Ends Well-
on which he will reply: "Such is the simplicity of man to harken after the flesh." -Love´s Labour´s Lost-

Manchego said...

"Jealousy is all the fun you THINK they had." Erica Jong. Really wish I'D thought of that!

karma said...

oh, and happy birthday, Admirer of Gandhi

pia said...

love Manchego quoting Erica Jong's definition.

Jealous that I didn't think of it

But really really love Doug's definition as it says it all

Doug said...

Tom, Icy and Curly, thank you for bringing slapstick. Got your nose!

Monika, thank you. Those are a couple of great quotes. The quote from All's Well that Ends Well is gorgeous. I love baseball fiction.

Me, too, Manchego.

Karma, thanks for bringing that up. A fervent MLK day to all of you.

Thanks, Pia.

Omnipotent Poobah said...

jealousy - Fear of writing a check that your ego can't cash.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Love may be blind, but jealousy sees too much. Dunno who said it.

Jealousy, n.,
Just a lousy feeling that tells us that someone else probably has the same inappropriate thoughts that we have.

Fred said...

Jealousy: Looking at all those commenters up there, knowing each one is far wittier than I could ever be. *sigh*

tlm said...

"a green-eyed monster" (so says that Shakespeare guy)

Logophile said...

jealousy~ That which represents itself as a twin of love but is really a disguise for domination or proprietorship.
You don't own me, don't try to change me in any way
You don't own me, don't tie me down 'cause I'd never stay

Oh, I don't tell you what to say
I don't tell you what to do
So just let me be myself
That's all I ask of you
And if he looks at her like that just one more time I am going to scratch his eyes out

Anonymous said...

Hm. I got nothin'. I have no jealousy. Not even of my friend who has three more friggin' contracts that me.

Nope. I feel no jealousy.

Since I don't feel the wrath of envy, I have decided not to define it. I'm totally okay with this. Totally.

I. Am. Hunky. Dory.

Anonymous said...

Admittedly Envious of your definition Doug. I am off to go whine, pout and devise a way to one-up you. Will be back when I am done giving you the silent treatment.

Miz BoheMia said...

*bohemian flings arms up in despair as she arrives late to the party yet again*

So many great definitions! I am left speechless and therefore have nothing to say yet shall leave with the full force of the word festering inside of me! AH!

Anonymous said...

That which drives an otherwise normal person into an overwhelming insanity filled with contempt, hatred and false hope.

My love was red, and now it's blue.

~Daydreamer~ said...

Jealousy: I guess there must be some jealousy wherever there's love. However, too much jealousy can spoil it all as it may turn to possession.

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

jealousy- a fancy name, with a little fuel behind it, for the insecurity that comes from doubting yourself.

Doug said...

Poobah, that's a great definition. Got some self-esteem until Tuesday?

TLP, I actually do think jealousy is seeing our scurrilous natures in the people around us. Or is it just me?

Fred, I have the same problem and its supposed to be my site.

So, TLM, you must have read the same Mark Twain story as Sar. Freaking liberal elites.

*clap**clap*, Logophile.

All is well, Jenna. When you have the contracts I hope we're all as gracious.

Anonymous, I'll be here trying to think of clever A.E.s

Let it out, Miz B. Let it all go.

Anonymous II, and yet no meanness. Go figure.

Marwa, or obsession or dissention.

Amen, Alice. That explains why wisdom wears a bikini.

Jamie Dawn said...

Seeing people on the news holding up their big lottery check. After jealousy comes fantasy, as I pretend that I won that money and think of all the marvelous ways to spend it.

*My brother drove down Interstate 5 from my folks house today. He called just as he was at Magic Mountain. I think that is near you. I told him I thought one of my blog friends lived there. He waved to you from the freeway.*

Rio said...

i met the other woman, the holly, it definately brought me back to those days of summer when jealousy was the only thing getting me out of bed in the evening. fyi: i'm totally better

AP3 said...

I don't mind that this is your comment number 27 today and my post, which was up all weekend, has 14 comments. Nope. Whatever. It's not really about the number of comments.

Doug said...

Jamie Dawn, I live just 10 miles from Magic Mountain. If I'd known, I'd have stayed home for your brother's wave.

Good to hear, Rio. I'm sure you're a much kinder, more gracious and more attractive other woman.

Aw, it's apples and oranges, Aral. I've just been blessed with really terrific and loyal readers like TLP and Manchego.

AP3 said...

Oh, sure, Doug... rub it in, how you've stolen away my MOMMY and my BEST FRIEND!

mireille said...

I am jealous of alteregos wisely wearing bikinis. xoxo

a4g said...

Jealosy, n. The sneaking suspicion that your rival may be everything you've merely pretended to be.

Doug said...

Not stolen, Aral. Lured is a whole different thing.

Nah, Mireille, you're the world's leading kisser and kissee.

Funny you mention that, a4g.

Jamie Dawn said...

I'm posting a link to your blog in my post tomorrow, Not that you need the comments or anything. I just want to do my part to make Aral even more jealous of you.

shayna said...

Jealousy is seen in the eyes of my husband after I have been to a Tim McGraw concert salivating over Tim and his cowboy hat. ;) Jealousy!

ariel said...

jealousy is the habit of the imperfect mass, they look around and see the world is full of prettier and smarter people, and indeed it is. me, I am perfect.

LeesahEm. said...

I'm pretty useless definition wise until about Wednesday. But I just wanted to say hello and point out that I'm not at all jealous that there are so many witty, clever people that can produce on a Monday on this site.
However, I will point out that my word verification word is myctum, which I think has something to do with my cranial bowel obstruction.

Indeterminacy said...

Doug: my faovrite stories were the first 30 or so. All the others are superfluous.

actonbell said...

(My comment didn't show up again!)
Loved your definition!
Manchego is more refined than I today.

Doug said...

Thanks, Jamie Dawn. OH, FACE!

Sure, Shayna or in the eyes of Faith Hill for the same reason.

Ariel, I thought you looked familiar.

Hahaha, Masil. I get those all the time.

Come on, Indie, you were doing great into the 40s.

Keep telling yourself that, Actonbell. You were gonna quote W. Somerset Maugham and you know it.

weirsdo said...

I'm sure I hardly no the deffinition of the WORD!!!!!!
But DAISY has all ways wanted evry single thing I have had since we were KID'S!!!!!!!! She just cant STAND that I'm prettier and more talanted than her, and even tho I dint go to colege cuz my famly wasn't RICH, I've got more streat smart's!!!!!!
And if she thinks shes going to move in and take my spot on the sho just cuz Cave Troll dropt that club on my foot shed beter have another thot coming!!!!!!

Doug said...

Pansi, that cave troll was jealous because you'll be with me in heaven. He was just trying to stop your progress, I'll fix him for even looking at you.

Cairo The Boxer said...

I always get jealous when daddy pays more attention to mommy than me. Woof woof.

Doug said...

You're right, Cairo. The dog should always come first. That's why I stayed single.

Comfort Addict said...

The honest expression of closeted desire.