Friday, March 05, 2010

Culprit

CULPRIT, n. The other fellow.

2010 Update: The farthest neighbor.

16 comments:

Jim said...

Or the neighbor you never see except him or others coming and going at weird hours, the one with his shades always closed.
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pia said...

oh talking about neighbors and culprits mea culpa. I started a big thing because they're having a prayer breakfast given by the Mayor on city property next week with just one minister, and no priest, rabbi, imman etc.

I feel horrible. I don't want to be the hated culprit neighbor but when they used as a defense for this a law passed in 1952 all I could think was "Joe McCarthy" and prelude to a tea party

I don't want to be back! as a political person. I just want to be the neighbor people like not blames for riling up and....

TLP said...

Culprit: not me

Usage: Who put the ice cube tray back in the freezer without refilling it? "Not me." Who put an empty milk carton back in the frig? "Not me." Or the ever popular, "who let the dogs out?"

Nessa said...

TLP: Woof, woof.

Doug, i'm sorry but I swear I saw that word spelled with a "K" at the end.

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quilly said...

Do you know how this word came to be? Sometime in the mid-1600s in Plymouth, Massachusetts a young man named Cullen Pritchard became well known for sneaking into unoccupied homes and eating whatever goody was close to hand. The locals would warn each other to, "Look out for Cul Pritchard." As months passed they shortened their warning to, "Watch for Cul Prit."

Ariel the Thief said...

Funny looking word, it should mean a beautifully carved sofa or a freak.

sauerkraut said...

culprit - the guy at the far end of the cul-de-sac that no one likes.

Thom said...

CULPRIT: Guilty as charged!

Karen said...

My stepdaughter is getting married tomorrow. I leave early in the morning for Charleston so I won't know the answer until sometime Monday.

2010 Update (Best Guess): The long sword of a pedantic gladiator.

Ariel the Thief said...

I know! Armpit! That's what it sounds like. And kupola too.

Doug said...

RIght, Jim. The Samaritan.

Pia, you're changing South Carolina one New Yorker at a time.

TLP, you are lucky you cohabitate. The dogs never plead guilty when I need them to.

Culpritk or neighbork, Nessa?

Quilly, I never expect you to be serious but this time I hope you are.

Ariel, it can mean both, language being what it is.

Sauerkraut, regards from the far end of the cul-de-sac.

Don't I know it, Thom.

Enjoy the wedding, Karen. God's speed.

couplea armpits, Ariel?

quilly said...

I am serious, Doug. I very seriously made that story up out of whole cloth.

Cooper said...

haha Quilly.

Your definition works Doug as does bierce's.

Doug said...

Well done, Quilly. You had me that time.

Thanks, Coop.

Hobbes said...

Scapegoat.

Karen said...

I'll just mention that Chapter Three, Milne and the Tonstant Weaders, is now available for sale at Amazon.