Monday, September 28, 2009

Babe or Baby

BABE or BABY, n. A misshapen creature of no particular age, sex, or condition, chiefly remarkable for the violence of the sympathies and antipathies it excites in others, itself without sentiment or emotion. There have been famous babes; for example, little Moses, from whose adventure in the bulrushes the Egyptian hierophants of seven centuries before doubtless derived their idle tale of the child Osiris being preserved on a floating lotus leaf.

Ere babes were invented
The girls were contended.
Now man is tormented
Until to buy babes he has squandered
His money. And so I have pondered
This thing, and thought may be
'T were better that Baby
The First had been eagled or condored.
—Ro Amil

2009 Update: The gummy foundation on which a woman reconstructs her virtue and on which a man builds his own scaffold.

18 comments:

Nessa said...

Baby: Women go gaga.

Babe: Men go gaga.

ghost toasty said...

Also words that the likes of Dirty Dan, Filthy Fred, and Yam Man believe will get them a partner for the evening. As in, "hey, bay-bee!"

sauerkraut said...

hmmm... I'm thinking of ribs. But not the baby got back brand.

The scaffold, btw, is over-rated.

Jim said...

Well Be Bop A Lula she's my baby
Be Bop A Lula I don't mean maybe
Be Bop A Lula she's my baby
Be Bop A Lula I don't mean maybe
Be Bop A Lula she's my baby doll, my baby doll, my baby doll.

Sung by ________________ ?

or

I wanna be your babydoll
Wrap me up nice and tight
Love me through ALL the night
Come lay me down
Enfold me in your arms
Cover me with velvet kisses
Rock me on and on
And whisper softly to me
You wanna be my babydoll

Sung by _________________ ?
..

Jim said...

Far apart in time but both
my are my favorites
and of my generations:

Elvis Presley
And
Mariah Carey
..

TLP said...

Nessa is right. Someone brings a baby into an office, every woman leaves her office or desk...runs to see baby.

A new babe is hired...every man finds some reason to drop by and meet her.

Babes beget babies.

the amoeba said...

BABY, n. Tangible proof of the shocking inadequacies of the American educational system in the subject areas of Human Biology and Economics.

Jamie Dawn said...

Babe: little piggie in a cute movie

Baby: I baby sat my neighbor's granddaughter last night. Taylor and I had fun entertaining that little baby. She danced and clapped to music. Babies are a JOY!!!

tilden talks... said...

baby, n. what my employees act like when they have to clean up the messes they've made during service.

Ariel the Thief said...

Baby or babe, very good word from the mouth of someone very black, very old and very man. :)

LOL TLP! That's so true.

quilly said...

Babe -- Baby -- both are expensive and require extra work.

Tom & Icy said...

In Alice in Wonderland or Looking Glass, the crying baby turned into a squealing pig.

Cooper said...

It's Alice in Wonderland I think. I should know that. The baby belongs to the Dutchess. Probably why I never liked babies much.

EH, Babe is you, and it ain't me babe.

Probably my favorite Dylan song.


No babe in the woods here.

Minka said...

babe,n. something with the exact features that makes a man wanna build that scaffold faster

baby,n. a man's greatest enemy; it creates a woman servant with one look and finds itself always in close proximity to the two objects of a man's focus

Jamie Dawn, I absolutely agree with you...they are a joy!

Doug said...

Nessa, that's about right.

Ghost, I'm sure they're right.

Sauerkraut, wait'll your kids are a little older.

Jim, Little Richard and I dunno, Peggy Lee? OK, but I was pretty close with Peggy Lee.

TLP, not the men who stay across the room and think until about how to introduce themselves charmingly at the retirement brunch.

Just so, Amoeba.

JD, they're like infant goats. Adorable if you can get them away from their parents.

Tilden, you've found one of the real weaknesses in child labor laws.

Ariel, that's because words are well surrounded in such a mouth.

True, Quilly. I think that's the layperson's translation of your feller's response.

Icy, there's magic and there's perspective.

Certainly not, Coop. Babies and pepper soup. I think Mr. Carroll was on to something.

Very funny, Minka. I think you've discovered something.

Minka said...

I agree, I never understood why they named that show "Dora, the Explorer!"
Clearly, i was designed for that job!

Doug said...

Minka the thinka? (I deleted stinka, for now)

weirsdo said...

Mall Diva calls babies "toes."
She thinks toes are ugly, vestigial, and a nuisance.
Fortunately, she says, she is toeless.