Monday, March 24, 2008

Hippogriff

HIPPOGRIFF, n. An animal (now extinct) which was half horse and half griffin. The griffin was itself a compound creature, half lion and half eagle. The hippogriff was actually, therefore, a one-quarter eagle, which is two dollars and fifty cents in gold. The study of zoology is full of surprises.

2008 Update:  A myth of antiquity manufactured from horse, lion and eagle equivalent to the contemporary mulipoodle, the issue of a topiary and a half-horse half-ass that wanders mercurially braying news, opinion and analysis.

20 comments:

quilly said...

Hagrid's pet,
Harry's ride,
Sirius's escape.

My ticket to first place!

ariel said...

Great name to the machine that is supposed to tell whether you are telling the truth or not.

the amoeba said...

Seconded. OK, thirded.

But there's no truth to the rumor that Harey Potter is the Easter Bunny. Except maybe to J. K. Rowling.

Lacey Davenport once demanded that the "vacuous baritones" from the TV news networks stop tracking up her house. She was too well mannered to complain in public about the manure ...

mireille said...

Nice genetic segues. Words are just playthings to you, aren't they? xoxo

Jim said...

Hippogrif: Better with two 'f's as in Hippogriff. I go for Hippogryph and Hippogryphe myself, I loved those creatures while they were still around.

Now I do my aimless wandering through the maize of genuine and green topiary found in the nearby gardens; I always avoid making political ramblings.
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Mo'a said...

Sounds like a perfect pet.

tsduff said...

A dreamy creature composed of bird, equine and lion elements. I believe I saw one yesterday in Chicago.

Safe journey Dog.

Omnipotent Poobah said...

hippograft - A mythical creature, related to the hippogriff, made up of one part hippopotamus and one part crooked politician.

TLP said...

A person who once had a flat, skinny butt, but who has had her hips surgically enhanced.

(Don't look at me. I earned this fat bottom the old-fashioned way.)

jenn said...

So...where's the hippo in this?

And how was Chicago?

actonbell said...

Quilly's right: Harry brought hippogriffs into the 21st century, and as long as they behave, they may stay:)

Mutha said...

My favorite hippogriff fact from Harry Potter is that they are a proud creature that is easily slighted. You must bow in the creature's presence in order to wait for the sign to approach. I love attitude in my mythical creatures.

Jamie Dawn said...

My only exposure to this creature was in Harry Potter.
Hippogriffs can be fierce!

Cooper said...

You had better stop reading those faery tales, you are giving me nightmares.

The Boy from S.A.C.A.D.A. said...

I want a pet hipogriff i can sick it on the meen old man acros the street that dont like kids.

Doug said...

Quilly, J.K. Rowling's too.

Ariel, I think a polygraph is the colt of a hippogriff and a truth.

Amoeba, I still miss Lindsay Davenport. Our best Senator since Henry Clay.

Mireille, words are the corpuscles of a golem.

Haha, Jim. So you had one as a kid?

Mo'a, so are llamas until you consider hygiene.

I believe you did, Terry. I was right next to you. I made it safely, hope you do as well today.

Poobah, that's one part.

TLP, a weight chart would be a hippograph.

Jenn, Chicago was great, thanks. Join us next time.

Actonbell, that's kind of a double standard, isn't it?

Mutha, I think it must be very liberating to be mythical.

Jamie Dawn, you have to be very careful giving them almonds.

Cooper, at your age a nightmare can only help.

Boy, that's what baseballs are for. And snowballs with rocks in them. And burning bags full of hippogriff waste.

the amoeba said...

Lindsey Davenport, Dawg? I confess, tennis diplomacy would have to be an advance over what our three Senatorial candidates for President are now promising us. But still ...

Doug said...

Amoeba, I used to screw that up the opposite way when LINDSEY was winning.

Minka said...

quilly took mine...finally a Harry Potter reference and I am offline.
Griff me a hippo!

Doug said...

Minka, with pleasure.