Friday, March 23, 2007

Symbol

SYMBOL, n. Something that is supposed to typify or stand for something else. Many symbols are mere "survivals" — things which having no longer any utility continue to exist because we have inherited the tendency to make them; as funereal urns carved on memorial monuments. They were once real urns holding the ashes of the dead. We cannot stop making them, but we can give them a name that conceals our helplessness.

2007 Update: A representation in line and angle for a nimbus of truth and moon. A draft against future foresight. A jester's halo, a fool's compass, a point for those who have no other and to the satirical lexicography, a trap.

24 comments:

Mutha said...

Symbol: The soil of organized religion

Mutha said...

First :)
I think it has happened only once before.

That should be symbolic of something...

puppybrose said...

Symbol: sign of teh times. [see also: Penguin avatar, now MIA from spot #1 and/or CT]

Brian said...

A symbol is what marches behind the 76 trombones in the big parade.

karma said...

Miz BoheMia said...

Symbol... bountiful for the paranoid and nonexistent for the hopeless... me? I go by what my psychic says and I am supposed to sell while it is still cold in Texas.

What?

Yeah, you know I ain't joshin'!

WHAT? The Penguin flies! The Penguin flies! Oh what a crafty Penguin she be DAS FO SHO!

al said...

Symbol: Certain instances of misrepresentation.

(Nice update today, Doug.)

Quilly said...

symbols 1.) the alphabet, which is making it possible for me to transmit my thoughts through cyberspace, and for you to understand them.

the amoeba said...

SYMBOL, n. What clashes when the careless, or the cacophonous, put two of them together. Bring earplugs. SYMBOLIC LOGIC: Hey waitaminute. I thought I squished that yesterday ...

tsduff said...

$ - the symbol of implied happiness.

Enjoy the weekend frolic with birds and dogs...

~Mo'a~ said...

OK!!! Blogger ate my very clever comment!!! So you are all spared.

Jenna Howard said...

Well this isn't very lipsticky!

The puppy stole my definition. So...I gots nothing. NOTHING! Harrumph. My symbol: :(

Doug said...

Mutha, that was a very good definition. I'll keep it for Sunday.

Neva, sign of teh times. No sooner is she out the door and you're back mocking her, huh? That seems alright.

Brian, that's not a fluegelhorn?

Karma, is that how you write "aum?"

Miz B, just be glad you weren't told to sell while it's reasonable in Texas.

Al, that's right. The others, I think, are word and promise.

Quilly, we can only be sure about the first part.

Amoeba, oh for the cacophonous who only put two together. Nowadays, that's a trappist.

Terry, is that why my heart went pitty-pat when I saw your $? And thanks, I'm looking forward to the wildlife.

Mo'a, come on and let us have it again. I'm sure the omission is not an insult.

Jenna, it was kind of the best I could do from the s'es.

The Old Mule said...

Symbol: being somewhere without actually having to show up.

Indeterminacy said...

Symbol: something round. easy to spin.

(spontaneous idea, not necessarily making sense)

G said...

Just checked your symbol, WAMB, on NYSE and your stock is up (insert arrow up symbol here). So now is not the time to buy, but perhaps a good time to visit.

Joel said...

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels,
but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a tinkling symbol.


1 Corinthians 13

sorry...had to default to Sunday School training - brain dead.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Syllogism, symbol,...can sympathy be far
(_!_)
behind?

Tom & Icy said...

Symbol, symbolic. There for a moment I thought I was having deja vu.

Doug said...

Mule, that's how you do it.

Indie, I like it fine. At least it stands for something.

G, good to hear. We make neck-ticklers. I thought this might be our year.

Very good Joel. That was cymbal, but still well done. It's funny when we go back there, speaking of clanging cymbals.

Much, TLP, unfortunately.

Yeah, Icy. I'm kind of losing track. Have you ever read Aunt Maria and The Screenwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa?

Joel said...

Hey Doug...yeah, I know but had to resort to a cheat. The pressure of performance made me do it.

Cheesemeister said...

I actually don't have anything smart-assy to say. I am fascinated by symbols and enjoy studying their meanings.

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IDiveAtNight said...

Symbol: Iconic status bestowed upon an object by the imagination. Symbols allow the uniquely human characteristic wherein two people in the same place can witness the same actions with the same objects and yet later atest to two completely different events.