Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Meekness

Meekness, n. Uncommon patience in planning a revenge that is worthwhile.
M is for Moses,
Who slew the Egyptian.
As sweet as a rose is
The Meekness of Moses.
No monument shows his
Post-mortem inscription,
But M is for Moses,
Who slew the Egyptian.
-The Biographical Alphabet

2006 Update: A king's reluctance, a pauper's repentence, the mask on an assassin, the tail on an ambitious dog and the satisfaction of a serpent.

36 comments:

al said...

Meekness: How the novice hides faith in his cards.

O Ceallaigh said...

MEEKNESS, n. The state of two people who meet in a "Returns" line, carrying each others' gifts.

Brian said...

Meekness: Pretending to enjoy the scented bath beads in the Elvis mug, whilst already planning who will receive them as a regift.

Anonymous said...

M is also for Malthus, but blessed are the meek anyway

QuillDancer said...

meekness hot coals upon the head of thine enemy (which is indeed a subtle and sweet revenge).

Anonymous said...

Very unoriginal on my part today - The meek shall inherit the Earth. What DOES that mean anyway?

Meekness - inhibited, shy, quiet.

That's all I got. I'm gonna sit back and watch the action now. D :)

Anonymous said...

Meekness: not for the faint of heart.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Good one O Ceallaigh! Very nice.

I understand this word so well, because I am so meek myself! I say this in all modesty because meekness is a lowly virtue. Of course I'm not cowed or submissive or self-effacing. But I've a mild and gentle temperament...er... or not so much.
Excuse me while I tiptoe out here. I think I read the word wrong. Was that meek? Does it rhyme with geek?

Doug said...

You know, Al. If someone had asked me if you played cards I'd have had to admit I don't but know, but that's the way to bet.

Funny, OC. A continent can be such a useful resource.

Scented beads? Does Dewy have a new boyfriend?

For they shall be yummy, Karma.

Quill, especially if you drop tarragon on them first. Such a blend.

Diane, I think it means let them eat dirt in the modern usage.

G, or the timid of spirit.

TLP, you are such a shrinking violet. It's cute, really.

Anonymous said...

I have nothing to add. Meek was pretty much the antithesis of what made
for 2006.

I hope you had a great Christmas, Doug:)

Anonymous said...

It's amazing, how I can mess up links like that...
MEEK is the antithesis of what made Merriam-Webster's TOP 10 WORD LIST.

there.

Dewy Knickers said...

Meekness is the opposite of moi. I think Miss Piggy said words to that affect. No new boyfriend, only you. ;)

Sassy Dewy

xo

Logophile said...

*yawn*
Good morning,
I am here, let the frivolities begin.

Here,
"The ideal state is meekness, or humility, or the semi-invalid state of the old. Year after year I am becoming nobler and nobler. If I can live to be decrepit e nough, I shall be a saint."
Charles Fort

pia said...

Meekness: not saying that Doug can sling words together and make them sound oh so meaningful.

Your definition is like reading a very beautiful poem. It's one of my ten personal favorites. I can't remember the other nine but I'm sure....

Anonymous said...

Meekness: Reading a blog, but never commenting.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Jamie Dawn said...

O Kelly: At least they weren't re-gifting, which is an unforgiveable sin, according to a certain Seinfeld episode.

Moses was NOT meek. He stuttered some, but I recall him saying loudly to Yul Brynner, "Let my people GO!" AND Yul let them go.

Blessed are the meek for they shall be trampled in the return lines and mocked for purple colored hair and overcome their timidity by writing better definitions than Bierce on their website entitiled Waking Ambrose.

QuillDancer said...

Doug has purple hair?

mireille said...

Mean little animals whose coats are used to make fuzzy outerwear. However, I am not in favor of hunting or farming them. Only people who live in Arctic regions can be forgiven for wearing them. Because the meek died that they might live. xoxo

Minka said...

I´ve got nothing.
Well I do, anyone up for a game of scrabble and some really delicious Icelandic cakes?
Sorry but my mind draws blanks whenever serious thought is involved around this time of year.
It is a pretty mind though, mind you!

QuillDancer said...

[Raising hand] I'll play, Minka.

I keep popping back by to make sure the page is still here. I haven't quite recovered from yesterday's shock.

Brian said...

I wonder if penguin is a triple word score?

Doug said...

Thank's Actonbell. That's quite a list and a good measure of the state of the union. Bummer.

Dewy, I've noticed you're an extrovert, especially be the standards of people who live in other people.

Logo, that's a beautiful quote.

Pia, can you remember the least favorite? Thank you, by the way.

Indie, what about a troll under a bridge?

Jamie Dawn, sounds like we're in it together. I'll take those odds. Yul Brynner was such a wimp.

Quill, now that Jamie Dawn's back to blogging you can get the story and meet someone you'll really like at the same time. The link's on the right.

Mireille, are you still talking about children?

Minka, the rest of us are faking it. Thank you for your meek candor.

Sorry about that, Quill. I don't think I caused the problem, but I'm watching today.

Brian, that was a soft pitch high-center, but I think I'll take the strike.

G said...

Actually Doug, I thought you were being reverant and honoring a holiday yesterday. The wheels always spinning usually to some half-baked conclusion.

Sar said...

Oooh, Bravo OC & Indie!

Minka, can I get some Icelandic cake to go and take a raincheck on the game? I must run as my family room is needing to be rescued from the fallout of Christmas.

And a *wave* doubling as hello! & ciao for now! to our beloved curmudgeonly host and fellow blogger buddies.

Meekness: I got nothing.

Anonymous said...

The sweet face that distracts as you lower the inexorable hammer of victory.

puppybrose said...

Meekness: demeanor of one unfamiliar with and/or fearful of his/her own strength; stifling one's inner roar.

Dewy Knickers said...

Gee puppy, you took the words right out of my mouth. :)

Doug,

This is one of the few places where I feel safe commenting. Thank you.

Sassy Dewy

xo

Doug said...

G, it's just plain natural to assume I'm being reverent. Sorry if I let you down this once.

Sar, If you've got nothing I bet you inherited it.

Doesn't distract me, CA.

Puppytoes, I'm not sure you're an expert on that but I'll take your word for it.

Thanks, Dewy. If their tolerance for sarcasm is high, everyone is safe here.

Anonymous said...

Meekness: The calm before the storm.

SquareGirl said...

I'm in a sugar coma, but will take Minka up on her offer to play scrabble and Icelandic cakes.

Omnipotent Poobah said...

meekness - A quality possessed by some who could do without it, and unfortunately missing from many who need it.

cooper said...

To elaborate On Inde's definition, reading a blog and commenting but not saying what you really want to because if you did no one would come visit you at your blog anymore.
;0

Anonymous said...

Meekness... to squeak when you ought to roar...

Tan Lucy Pez said...

It's 7:41 AM. No new post. You've started sleeping at night, haven't you? That's pretty bold actually.

Doug said...

Goldennib, that was well done.

Squaregirl, I think you're up to the challenge. I have every confidence.

Poobah, it is probably the most misallocated resource after oxygen. You're right.

Alice, let it all out. I'm a loyal friend.

Miz B, what's the word for the opposite? OCDish?

TLP, sorry, it takes a while to do the guest posts and I didn't get this one done in advance. A thousand lashes this time?

Anonymous said...

Meekness:
Hiding your inner venom very well.