Friday, November 03, 2006

Genteel

GENTEEL, adj. Refined, after the fashion of a gent.
Observe with care, my son, the distinction I reveal:
A gentleman is gentle and a gent genteel.
Heed not the definitions your "Unabridged" presents,
For dictionary makers are generally gents.

—G.J.
2006 Update: Patient, particular and polite, as a cannibal in a health-food store.

50 comments:

Indeterminacy said...

I'm first but I haven't a clue what to say.

Al said...

Isn't this what your Jewish friends call you behind your back?

O Ceallaigh said...

GENTEEL, n. What he'll grind you under if you're taken in by his lantern jaw, his suave manner, or his Ferrari. Compare STILETTO. But carefully, or she'll take your eyes out with it. Count to ten, Sar ... :) TANGENT: Beach bum.

FelineFrisky said...

Am I well-bred enough, or of good social position to be an accepted participant in Mr. Pascover's genteel daily word game?
Well, errrr, humph.....I play anyway, Nyah! D :)

Doug said...

Indie, but I'm sure you bowed courtly.

Al, you're thinking of "genital."

O Ceallaigh, nowadays the gents wear stilettos on their heels.

Al said...

Doug: HA! Oooo, I hope you're happy. You just made me laugh out loud at my aunt's funeral.

O Ceallaigh said...

"Wha'd he say, dude?"

"He said, 'the heels are wearing heels these days', dude. Speaker not working on your 19th century laptop again?"

"At least I don't get spinning rainbows, dude. But, really, heels?"

"Really. And they're probably always late for dates. Adjusting their stockings or something. And then wondering why they don't get any. Like some dudes I could name."

"Man! These Doom 3 graphics are gnarly!"

"Oh, argh. Stop oinking and give me my pearls back."

:)

Solace Cai said...

It's only possible to be genteel if you have an English accent (or if you can pretend to have one)

Old Mule said...

Genteel-ation: A flourish of softness for any new lover.

karma said...

Douglas, just don't scratch your genteels in public, OK?

ojfug: orange juice found under genteels

Miz BoheMia said...

Genteel? *sigh* I am afraid I do not qualify although I am quite particular about things and though I do not have a British accent am quite good at faking it... But patient? Polite?

I guess I shall stick with genius! Ha, ha, ha, haaa!

eycfh- I see some funny happenings!

Jenna Howard said...

I'm sorry. Am I the only one found this word hilarious on THIS blog?

Jenna Howard said...

And doesn't the word genteel go well with my avatar? Shazaam.

PANSI said...

Brot up to rely on the kindness of strangers!!!!

QuillDancer said...

Genteel -- a well mannered bear

QuillDancer said...

Genteel -- also a well-mannered bore

Doug said...

Feline, the rats you eat are genteel enough.

Al, you know perfectly well you were already laughing.

Totally, OC.

Solace, you can still do it with your southern accent. If you sound midwestern and want to seem genteel, you pretty much have to be an ECB.

Mule, you mean when she takes the money off the nightstand? I love that.

Karma, it depends on what you mean by public. It's ok when I'm working, right?

Hermana, I'm afraid I have to agree.

Jenna, I hope not. And yes.

Pansi, you elegant dame!

Quill, what about a well-mannered Boer?

QuillDancer said...

Doug, I didn't want to cast aspersians on anyones ancestors.

Anonymous said...

Genteel... old-fashioned and elegant, not easy to find nowadays.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Well, I was gonna say prissy. But after what Doug wrote to Al, I'm afraid of what he will do with prissy. Go ahead, dawg. Hit me with your best shot. Don't be a ....priss.

Anonymous said...

maybe it should be gallant rather than elegant.

brian said...

The moral of this story is to never let a good time get in the way of progress.

There once was this meadow you see, where all sorts of genteel critters hung out. They had, quite frankly, nothing better to do than to bug and pester the guardian of said meadow. He was a fearsome beast, with glowing eyes and a short temper. His caustic wit scorched many a genius who had the audacity to romp in his territory. He was quick as a grasshopper , although some would say locust, but never in his hearing. All was well in this meadow, until one day, a dreaded blight appeared and ravaged this peaceful land. The name of this blight you ask? The beta blog...soon to progress to your neighborhood. It is foretold.

Have a great weekend everyone. Thank you Doug for providing your meadow.

Doug said...

Quill, then what's with the bears and bores? I've got plenty of each in my past.

TLP, a man can be genteel or prissy ambidextrously but usually favors one eye in the search. How was that?

Karen, it's harder to be.

Brian, and thank you for fertilizing it.

tsduff said...

I'm partial to well-mannered bears.

Genteel - Is there such a thing?

Diesel said...

Disarmingly smooth, from the root words gentle and eel.

brian said...

I would have mentioned the pellets, but I am a gentle and refined bunny...the kind that gets thrown in the cannibal's stew pot. LOLOL

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Doug, 1, TLP, 0.
You're supposed to be polite to your guests. That means, let them win. Just sayin'.

QuillDancer said...

Ok, Doug, you win. It is your playground, after all. I'm going back to work.

Mutha said...

Genteel seems to be a word I have heard in the context of Southern culture. I can't remember it being a consideration in the North-East. Except that time my dad told me that only whores walk with a lit cigarette in their hand (did I mention I was walking towards him while taking a drag? Ah to be 19 again!)

QuillDancer said...

Ta da! Report cards are done. And I still have an hour and a half to my deadline.

FelineFrisky said...

Doug, Rats Are Yummy, ya know and I DO LOVElovelove the Bunny! D :)

Omnipotent Poobah said...

genteel - Someone who is not a sh*theel.

Just Tom said...

Genteal-- The Blue green generation.

Doug said...

Terry, you're about as close as we come.

Very good, diesel. I think Bierce would agree.

Brian, I've never heard of cannibal bunnies but I'm not surprised. Lock your cage.

TLP, as blogmama my victory should be your glory.

Hurry back, Quill. Those kids don't need your report cards like we need your commentary.

Mutha, that's so sweet! Bless your heart.

Quill, on behalf of the ghost of standards, I thank you.

I do know, Diane. It's kind of touching, actually.

Poobah, that leaves me out.

Funny, Tom. I wish I could do puns.

Mutha said...

Sorry, I've never been accused of being genteel...

mireille said...

When you're capable of swearing like a tattooed truck driver, but choose not to. xoxo

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Nice spin. Thanks for smoking.

uupezred: up pez rear end.
(I kid you not. this is the word verifier!)

Tan Lucy Pez said...

So that would be Doug 2, TLP 0. I'm so proud. You're my smartest son.

QuillDancer said...

Vote for me at Sar's. Look in the sidebar for the caption contest.

tsduff said...

Thank you Doug - what a perfectly nice thing to say.

Mutha - it isn't an insult you know...

cheesemeister said...

Genteel: Being proper and polite while sticking the knife in someone's back and giving it a twist.

ariel said...

"When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite."

Winston Churchill

Mutha said...

tsduff: It's not? We must have grown up in different neighborhoods.

Doug said...

Mutha, you're so genteel.

Mireille, let me be the latest to compliment your nose.

TLP, that verifier is a victory for us all. I'm so proud.

I dunno, Quill. Actonbell's been a guest here and all.

Terry, I have my moments.

Nicely dark, Cheesemeister.

Ariel, that's a great quote and I happen to agree. That Winston!

Mutha, you're right. Populists are rarely genteel.

Logophile said...

Am I arriving too late to be considered fashionable or polite?
My parents did try to raise me right, it just didn't take.
I've been busy running errands for my new friend Spike, he doesn't sound really congested but he is always sending me out for Nyquil.

QuillDancer said...

Doug, I'm not trying to win the caption contest. I'm trying to win the shameless promotion contest. Shameless is a covented label when you're a Sunday School teacher living in Las Vegas.

pia said...

Just wanted there to be 47 comments because that's Sar's number. And come to think of it I'm not trying to win a contest or too shamelessly self promote, least not on Waking Ambrose

Doug said...

Logo, you were right on time. I'm late getting back.

Quill, the God's speed. I'm pretty sure you aren't competing with Actonbell in that category.

That was kind of you, Pia. Sorry I messed it up.

Minka said...

genteel, the metropolitan of the 1800s!

Doug said...

Yeah, Minka. Back when it meant something.