Thursday, August 31, 2006

Epidemic

EPIDEMIC, n. A disease having a sociable turn and few prejudices.

2006 Update: The glory of the virus, bacterium and epidemiologist.

53 comments:

Minka said...

Lately the fight for first spot has been epidemic, so I better get this verifier right teh first time around!
It is hard for some people!

Solace Cai said...

This would be the reason that from November to April I have to work my ass off in the pharmacy. Everyone seems to think that every sneeze is a sign you've got the plague.

puppybrose said...

epidemic: the little bug that could

puppybrose said...

epidemic: domino effect on the human condition. applies to disease, laughter, and/or stupidity.

FelineFrisky said...

Epidemic : the stupidity that has plagued Washington since the Bush era's began.

ariel said...

epidemic: nature's way of cleaning

- I'm not dead!
- Yes, you are!

Joel said...

When in doubt or lacking brain power or inspiration...

"A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.

George Bernard Shaw

use a quote.

pia said...

Epidemic: Something my sister believes that I will begin. Don't ask

brian said...

Inconceivable that an epidemic
could have become so systemic
that it is now know to be endemic
and thus has made Gore prophetic.

I thusly rest my case.

QuillDancer said...

Epidemic: the planet's way of defending itself against man see George Carlin's, The Planet is Fine)





wordverification: Jlobra
I didn't think she had one.

Shamrock7 said...

Epidemic: The new wave craze called Anti-Americanism! It's supposed to completely replace pilates in about 6 months. Oh and this just in! Cats are the gatekeepers to hell! More news at 11.

weirsdo said...

A statistical anomaly requiring government funds.

Sar said...

Epidemic - Verbal diarrhea. (see Blogsphere)

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Epidemic: When good diseases go bad. Or whenever I get sick.

mireille said...

epidemic: a microbe perfecting itself through repetition? xoxo

O Ceallaigh said...

EPIDEMIC, adj. A moderately-sized calamity, caused by a BACTERIUM (vide infra) or other germ. Distinguised from ENDEMIC, a local problem, and PANDEMIC, in which the entire population is fried.

BACTERIUM, n. One of 'em. It is as wrong to say "a bacteria" as it is to say "a mice", but pointing this out to offenders is about as efficaceous as throwing water up Niagara. Curiously, no one seems to have a problem with STADIUM - but then, that's football, and rock music. Important stuff.

You have three choices today.

1) You can run over to Sar's place because I have a guest post there today.

2) You can run screaming from Sar's place because I have a guest post there today.

3) You can ignore Sar's place because you're already at your cabin on the lake enjoying a blog-free Labor Day weekend.

:)

Doug said...

Minka, achoo!

Solace, hypochondria is the only chronic epidemic, isn't it?

Puppybrose, that's a positive spin. Oh, and to your list add boy bands.

Feline, I stand corrected. Stupidity in DC is the other chronic epidemic. Pandemic for the last few years.

Ariel, it's only a skin infection. What's with the lysol?

Joel, if Shaw were writing now, that would be "A meme."

Pia, how do you expect us not to ask?

Brian, that's a hell of a bug.

Quilldancer, George Carlin and Ariel seem to be on a wavelength on this. I'm not sure who to worry for.

Shamrock, anti-americanism seems mainly to have infested the complaints of americans. I sure prefer the scorn of the world's tribes to pilates.

Weirsdo, that was the first direction I was going to go in, but I started having flashbacks to public health grant proposals I wrote. My version of Half-Nekkid Thursday is Hypocrisy-Neutral.

Sar, that's a whole 'nother computer virus and terminal.

TLP, when you get sick, I wipe my nose.

Mireille how do you get to Carnegie-Mellon Medical Center?

Thank you, O Ceallaigh. The irony is I went singular to avoid writing "viri." Good luck at Sar's.

The Village Idiot said...

Epidemic: Something usually associated with biblical proportions and locusts or frogs

Tom & Icy said...

The physical version of gosspip.

Rio said...

ring worm; rashes in general

O Ceallaigh said...

Doug, you knew that the plural of "virus" is "viri"? Positively azurene. Worth at least one extra Milk-Bone tonight.

Must be a leftover from those grant proposals you used to write. Ugh. Been there. Still there. :(. Did you find a better way?

Oh, Q? Panties.

Jamie Dawn said...

The village Idiot stole my train of thought! Darn that orange-headed fellow!!

new thought coming...

epidemic: academic-types who immerse themselves in their field of knowledge (usually math or science - eeeeeew!) to the exclusion of all social skills.

I came up with that on the spur of the moment, and I think it is pretty darn good!

karma said...

don' worry, be epi

Shamrock7 said...

Doug: Sorry i'll ltry to keep my political rantings at my house. Pilate tribes although dangerous have got great core strength huh?

Doug said...

V.I. and preachers.

Very good, Icy. Good girl!

Rio, if I'd known you'd post today I'd have bet someone you'd cite love. I wasn't far off.

Sure, OC and that the singular of Bacteria was Bacterium. The trick I learned was getting the hell out of grantwriting. Undertakers have a cheerier profession.

Jamie Dawn, I beg your pardon but the non-scientist can be just as socially inept as the scientist. Or else I chose the wrong career.

Karma, that should be on the wall at the free clinic.

Not at all, Shamrock. I welcome political rants from both sides of the aisle and independents with equal sarcasm. Re the pilates tribes: I just want to know how much of the pilates class is spent arching the eyebrows.

puppybrose said...

Ariel i love your definition *and* the Monty Python reference. *claps*


"De plague! De plague!" ~ what Tattoo *might* have said had illness swept over Fantasy Island

puppybrose said...

"Some people are so sensitive they feel snubbed if an epidemic overlooks them." ~ Frank Hubbard


don't mind me....

Miz BoheMia said...

Epidemic... a sudden desire inherent in bohemians to drag their OCDish Miz to the beach... it is dirty and full of sand and feathers and half eaten apples and cigarette butts and disease!!! And this thing called sand? It is EVERYWHERE I tell you, EVERYWHERE!

I AM NOT GOING BACK! EPIDEMIC & BOHEMIANS BE DAMNED!

Karen said...

Poor intelligence is *epidemic* within the bush administration, i.e...

...THEY DON'T KNOW THEIR ASS FROM A WHOLE IN THE GROUND!

Shamrock7 said...

Karen: And the Democrats do?

Logophile said...

So many great defitions already, I haven't a single thing to add.
Where is my burger though?

Anonymous said...

yay thank you Puppybrose!

Ariel

TheOldMule said...

epidemic: No way out; a fine tangle of misappropriation and sullen daily-ness.

Miz BoheMia said...

I KNOW mine sucked.... but I needed to say hola dammit!

rbsnyph... Rob's a nympho...

Doug said...

Puppybrose, Tatoo is dead. Long live Tatoo.

Miz B, Is Miz you or Bohemian?

Karen, I thought this inkblot would look that way to you.

Shamrock, I just hope the janitors in D.C. do. And the gangsters.

Logo, I'll give you your hamburger Tuesday if you'll pay me today.

Welcome, Old Mule. Sullenness is everywhere and here I'm the one quarantined.

Hermana, no chupa! That Rob!

TheOldMule said...

Gracias, vato...nos vemos. And bien dicho.

actonbell said...

One type of epidemic is also known as fashion; this season, lower-riding jeans will still be in style, and they will be persistant. However, the longer sweaters might ease some pain.

*achoo!*

tsduff said...

Since there seems to be a fair number of non-humans frequenting this site (dogs, cats, lizards, amoeba, birds, pez, teapots, shoes, feathers et al) I thought this definition would be apropos.

An epizootic is the nonhuman equivalent of an epidemic, meaning that large numbers of animals are infected with a disease

Kyahgirl said...

hi Doug :-) I'll just pop in quickly because I don't want to catch anything....seems to be a bit of an epidemic at your place!

AP3 said...

LAGOMANIA... CATCH IT! LAGOMANIA>>>>> woo hoo!

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BUNNY BUTT!

Doug said...

Mucho gusto, amigo.

Not to worry, Actonbell. I'm immune.

Thanks, Terry. I had no idea but that's your field is it not?

Kyah, bless you.

Aral, I love this game!

puppybrose said...

Rabbutt, Rabbutt.

Anonymous said...

YOU DIDN'T SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME ON MY BIRTHDAY.

ariel said...

Rabtit, Rabtit!

ariel said...

Happy Birthday, Anonymous! please don't kill me!!

Anonymous said...

I'm just a cheap cupcake. Not worth the time of day.

AP3 said...

It's official: Rabbit, rabbit! Woo hoo! Lagomania!

Miz BoheMia said...

The bohemians are the Loverboy and the lil' brood of noisy, demanding, shrieking, verbalicious one and the Miz, that's me... or BoheMia if you will...

Now answer me this? How is it that my hermano would not know that? DIOS MIO!

actonbell said...

Rabbit, rabbit! TGIF

Doug said...

Puppybrose, you know how I feel about profanity on this site. Rabbit, rabbit!

Anonymous, any slight that takes a week to notice is no slight at all.

Ariel, is that Hungarian? Rabbit, rabbit!

Good grief, anonymous. Happy birthday again.

Aral, poor me. I slept through the great transition to September. Lagos, lagos!

TGIF, Actonbell! TGIF! TGIF! Rabbit! Rabbit!

Miz BoheMia said...

What am I, chopped liver?

Doug said...

Miz B! A thousand pardons! I don't know how I missed your funkified self! I was teasing about who's who, of course. Usually "Bohemians" means you. Conejo, conejo?

tsduff said...

I used to live in the Conejo Valley. Boy was I ever lucky!