Monday, October 09, 2006

Dissemble

DISSEMBLE, v.i. To put a clean shirt upon the character.
Let us dissemble. -Adam.
2006 Update: To camoflage frailty beneath a veil of folly.

41 comments:

a said...

Dissemble: to put the best of one's two faces forward.

Sar said...

Wow, I thought your definition was good Doug, but I'm not even going to attempt to follow a's. That was awesome.

I'm afraid I'll have to think about this one as I head off to the bus stop wearing my sneakers in front my unsuspecting friends.

ariel said...

wow, Doug, I'm not sure I understand a single word of your definiton but it does sound beautiful.

dissemble: self-defence.

QuillDancer said...

dissemble political song and dance routine

Jamie Dawn said...

1. wolf in sheep's clothing

2. Foleyesque

Old Mule said...

Dissemble: To arrange things as you wish them.

mireille said...

The complete outfit, often including dress, shoes, purse, hat and coat. Oh. That's ensemble. Sorry! xoxo

cj said...

Dissemble: When my children are wearing clean clothes but have a dirty butt, usually after my other half is parenting!

Doug said...

A, A+

Sar, I agree. A good start for the commenters, bad for the original. I think both Bierce and I are outdone. Better take the long way home.

Ariel, the first line of self-defense. The first 10 or so.

Quilly, it's the only way to know a politician is speaking.

Jamie Dawn, congratulations on being the first to mention Foley in a comment. I wondered if it would be a Republican or a Democrat. The biblical example is always good. You and Bierce.

Mule, I guess there's a fine line between dissembling and assembling.

Mireille, who do you think you're fooling?

CJ, that's what other halves are for, though, right? To insure that clean clothes hide vile bottoms?

O Ceallaigh said...

Only two faces, a? Surely there are at least three ...

Won't try to beat either yours or Doug's.

a said...

Thanks, Sar and Doug, but shouldn't I feel a little uneasy defining a word like "dissemble" in a comment signed only with the letter "a"?

Logophile said...

Wow, yes, I am not even attempting this on a Monday morning before 9 am with that much brilliance already setting the standard.
So I will wave to you all and move along.
happy Monday!

Kyahgirl said...

That was brilliant a.

What kind of username is 'a'? A good one from a Canadian perspective because we have a fondness for 'eh'.

Anyway, my definition is simple; to dissemble is to B.S., plain and simple and I sure see a lot of it when I watch the news!

Doug said...

Come on, O Ceallaigh, into the mix.

I'm sure you should, a. Who are you, anyway?

Five demerits, Logo. A humble blogger is a liar.

Kyahgirl, you're as ironic as a.

Anomie-Atlanta said...

Dissemble: 2006 Update correction.
To camoflage cowardice beneath a veil of curmudgeonry.

puppybrose said...

whoa anomie! present company included?

Kyahgirl: i was gonna say Gift-Wrapped BS : )

ya know, i wish i had something better to offer, but after reading a's fabulous response, my mind is a complete blank (or at least that's how it looks from where i am!)

snuppybrose said...

and, i'm not a hijacker in real life, but i play one in the Blogosphere. today, it's in hopes you guys will check out the new post on the Snark--and only because it rather nicely relates to today's word. (by my own decidedly skewed way of thinking)

Anomie-Atlanta said...

Present company excluded. :)

Kyahgirl said...

puppy- good one :-) I'll send Casper over to the park right away.

Doug said...

Anomie, my applause.

OK, Puppybrose 5 demerits to you. A's success is no-one's excuse. Git on it.

And 5 to you, Anomie. You got the blade in, now drink the blood. Nothing worse than a wasted wound. Check your scripture.

puppybrose said...

so... "Gift-Wrapped BS" counts for nothing?? yeesh. tough room. you know, if i had a good retort i'd come back here and smack you with it. unfortunately, i do not.

*drops head in shame. shuffles out the door*

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Dissemble:
(1)To dismiss the troops, or adjourn a meeting.
(2)To not resemble one's sire. Also see, The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Cindra said...

Dissemble: to disrespect someone named Semble. ouch, huh?

The Village Idiot said...

dissemble: to hide your political agenda behind an orange hat

see also: Tricky Dick

Logophile said...

5 DEMERITS?!?!
It was 8:30 on a monday morning, and a holiday at that! I should be getting a reward for even showing up! See if i stop by to wave good morning again, HA!


Dissemble... hmmm,
disguises for motivations,
I understand pirates are all the rage this season.

O Ceallaigh said...

DISSEMBLE, n. Wantonly, or carefully, depending on your disposition, to take apart ... no, sorry, that's DISASSEMBLE.

"Who's that you're dissing, you fat Irishman?"

"It's not a who, it's a what ..."

DISPOSITION, n. When she'd rather be on top.

Hey. I had to work today ...

puppybrose said...

Dissemble: House of Congress covered in gingerbread.

seriously, this is a weighty word to ponder on any day, let alone a Monday--and a holiday, to boot. that said, "tricky dick", VI?? good one.

Anonymous said...

Always such a stimulating place! Everyone's so good at this. I feel that I need some kind of fig leaf, or something...

Doug said...

OK, Puppybrose, that counts. C'mon back.

Hurray for TLP! Nice resemblance.

Yeah, Ouch, Cindra Jo!

Haha, VI. Funny.

There ya go, Logo. I knew you were up to it.

O Ceallaigh, globa warming waits for no man.

OK, Puppybrose, I've had it! DISSEMBLE, v.i. To claim Columbus Day as a holiday while working from home.

Actonbell, this is my whole plan. To sell fig leaves on the web. Come to http://fruitofthetreeofknowledge.com/apparel

Logophile said...

oh, yeah, here ya go,
Dissemble,
to emulate a blog hose with the face of a heel(er) and the tongue of an ass (p).

mutter mutter
5 demerits, indeed...

Indeterminacy said...

Dissemble: To delete a blog, post by post.

Anonymous said...

But it's been done! It's all been done...before (reminds me of a Bare Naked Ladies song. How appropriate).



oh, btw, ha. ha. Paradise--that's funny.

Anonymous said...

Okay, just click on the blue type. Not dissembling about the fact that I rarely get links typed in properly.

Minka said...

Boy am I glad I wasn´t around when that word came up :)
It is offcially 1:35 my time and therefore Tuesday:) You are late!

Doug said...

Logo, I have to trust that was supposed to be blog nose.

Indie it takes longer that way. Tom is very efficient.

Actonbell, now that's Paradise Back Alley.

Minka, who but you picks a fight after midnight.

tsduff said...

In case you ever wonder why I have to make such a late appearance at your place, it is because I have to "THINK" when I come here. I can't do that easily during the day while at work... (hmmm, that didn't sound exactly right)...

I dissemble whenever I come here to your site Doug - ( dissemble: to put on the appearance of... (someone who is witty and smart - or someone who is not ignorant)and hope nobody notices.

G said...

Dissemble - this year's new black.

puppybrose said...

dissemble: the bullet inside that first bite of humble pie.

QuillDancer said...

dissemble all words following "but" in the statement, "I did my homework, but ...."

Indeterminacy said...

Actually I think I got it backwards. To dissemble is to put a blog together, post by post.

Doug said...

Terry what was it about yesterday's word that made everyone so nervous. You people fake humility very well. Your coworkers are as smart as the editor of this site and I mean the birds.

Haha, g. Good one.

OK, Puppybrose, the five demerits are absolved. You too, Logo.

Quilldancer, I hope you're not telling me that my teachers saw through that.

Indeterminacy, that's certainly true and the reverse maybe.