Monday, August 17, 2009

Notoriety

NOTORIETY, n. The fame of one's competitor for public honors. The kind of renown most accessible and acceptable to mediocrity. A Jacob's ladder leading to the vaudeville stage, with angels ascending and descending.

2009 Update: A public embarrassment fertilized with forgiveness and pregnant with opportunity. An orphan in triumph.

13 comments:

the amoeba said...

Thank you, Mr. Dungy.

Doug said...

Very timely, Amoeba. Washed in the blood of pigs and dogs.

actonbell said...

Notorious seems to go hand in hand with infamous.

TLP said...

Isn't it one of those people who notices your signature for you? NO? My bad.

Lily Strange said...

Notoriety, noteworthiness, meh. There's no such thing as bad publicity!

Nessa said...

Everyone wants their 15 minutes of notoriety.

Lammy said...

I don't know what that word means.

Jim said...

Notoriety -- It will be hard to beat Jacob. His name was changed to Israel, only one I knew who beat him did it at wrestling.
You should not have mentioned him as he is too notorious.
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quilly said...

Want a little notoriety? Take up blogging for pay. I am getting crank email from strangers!

I wish they'd post it on my blog. A little controversy might up my readership ....

Minka said...

notoriety,n. a descriptive noun used by others to hide their own lack of adventure and thought outside the box.

Doug said...

Actonbell, you're right. They are both euphemisms for "envied."

A notorious public, TLP? That's the audience for reality tv.

On the contrary, Lily. I would consider any publicity bad publicity, but I live wrong.

Nessa, did I ever tell you about being on camera at 7-eleven?

Lammy, check the men's room stall.

Jim, he was the father of nations and theology. He deserves to be notorious.

Quilly, did you hear that violin? No? Me either.

Minka, you and Greta Garbo must be kin.

Cooper said...

I love the word notorious.

Sal Banana said...

Hey! Notoriety should get more respect.