Monday, April 19, 2010


MISFORTUNE, n. The kind of fortune that never misses.

2010 Update: Serendipity over the fence.


Omnipotent Poobah said...

misfortune: An unmarried fortune?

Jim said...

Our baby, thirty-seven, has the misfortune of being stuck in London until at least next Monday--she was scheduled to be back last Saturday--when she has another flight booked out. She went for work, I think if she does 'Houston work' while there that will be permissible.
Of course her family misses her and vice versa.

the amoeba said...

"Dude, can you spare a dime?"

"Are you kidding, dude? From that far away, I can't even see it, never mind hit it. Not even with a 16-pound ball. Which I can't even lift."

"Wuss. But that's your misfortune."

"How could I possibly miss fortune, dude, when I never had one in the first place?"

"Which, I suppose, dude, explains how come you can't spare a dude a dime."

Look, dude, I explained this already ..."

TLP said...

Talk about misfortune: "My luck is getting worse and worse. Last night, for instance, I was mugged by a Quaker." (Woody Allen)

I would have thought that just looking like Woody would have been misfortune enough.

Mo'a said...


tsduff said...

Sung in my best cowboy voice...
Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies
It's your misfortune and none of my own
Whoopie ti yi yo, git along little dogies
You know that Wyoming will be your new home

The Old Mule said...

misfortune: fools gold, or lack thereof.

Anonymous said...

MISFORTUNE, n. - Volcanic ash over the Eurpoean nations

quilly said...

Gloom, despair, and agony on me,
Deep dark depression, Excessive misery,
If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all,
Gloom, despair, and agony on me.

"Ya know what, Gordo?"

"No what, Leroy?"

"Las' night I thought m'luck had finally changed. I met a prudy little lady at the bar who said her name was Miss Fortune. Sos I tooked her home with me."


"Yep. I woke up this morning and the purdy little girl was gone and so's m'wallet."

MISFORTUNE, n. also known as "opportunity" -- someone else's.

sauerkraut said...

My neighbors have this odd saying about fences and neighbors, although I don't quite get it.

Tempest Nightingale LeTrope said...

Dahling, I do believe I must have a target on my posterior that this sort of "fortune" hits without fail.

Logophile said...

Why is serendipity so cold and cruel when she visits me and so kind to those around me?
That B****

pia said...

Love your definition. Hard to top

Karen said...

It's a Robert Frost poem:
Mending Wall
Something there is that doesn't love a wall ...

Doug said...

Poobah, that was exceptional.

Jim, sorry to hear. When you're down on your luck, and you ain't got a buck, in London you're a goner.

Amoeba, I was wondering when the dudes would morph into Abbot and Costello. Well done.

TLP, I agree. Getting mugged by a quaker isn't statistically significant.

Aye, Mo'a, but whose misfortune?

Terry, back in my cowboy days we used to do variations of that songs whenever tourists driving through would stop to take pictures. I don't remember how exactly, but "Yippie ti yi yo" morphed into "Yicky icky!" which we all thought was a knee-slapper.

Mule, that's another grand one.

Well, Thom, maybe or maybe good fortune for the folks at the destination.

Right, Quilly.

Sauerkraut, good fences are hard to listen through.

Never misses, huh, Tempest?

Logo, fear the day misfortune gets GPS.

Thanks, Pia.

Right, Karen.

Cooper said...

I like the serendipity over the fence rewrite Doug.

Karen said...

2B: I got it I got it !

2B UMPIRE: (Right arm, hand clenched in a fist) YOU'RE OUT

Hobbes said...

The kind of fortune whose privates are Rosencrantz and Gildenstern.