Monday, October 04, 2010

Great

GREAT, n.[SIC] Distinguished by superior excellence among one's fellows, as Hector Stuart among Bards of the South Sea, Dr. Bartlett among the Bulletin's agricultural homilists, Peter Robertson among the writers of "Undertones" in the Chronicle and Harrie McDowell among the fat boys of the Ingleside.
"I'm great," the lion said-"I reign
The monarch of the wood and plain!"

The elephant replied: "I'm great-
No quadruped can match my weight!"

"I'm great- no animal has half
So long a neck!" said the Giraffe.

"I'm great," the kangaroo said-"See
My caudal muscularity!"

"The Possum said: "I'm great-behold,
My tail is lithe and bald and cold!"

"An Oyster fried was understood
To say "I'm great because I'm good!"

Each reckons greatness to consist
In that in which he heads the list.

And Harris thinks he tops his class
Because he is the greatest Ass.
2010 Update: adj. Surmounting falling standards, as the man who, having walked down the beach at low tide and returned with dry feet is declared to walk on water.

14 comments:

karen a. said...

Wrong.

"And Vierick thinks he tops his class
Because he is the greatest ass."

—Arion Spurl Doke

TLP said...

Great: A word that needs a voice to determine its meaning. Said the right way it means terrific! Said another way it means, hrmpf!

I always remember granddaughter K. when she was about three years old asking me about my mother, "what is it that makes Greatgranny great?"

javajazz said...

Great!
i forgot to wish you
a happy Rabbit Rabbit
two times in a row,
at least..!

not so great...
your departure
from Blogville...

(great) sigh.

Tibbar Tibbar squared...

xo canada

Jim said...

Rabbit! Rabbit!

Dous, I don't know Harris either. Am I supposed to? For sure it won't be look in the mirror this time! :)
..

karen a. said...

Poor Jem might not like what he sees !

karen a. said...

Coin ... cidentally:

Karacan eyes Turkish call

Mon, 04 Oct 15:51:00 2010
Reading (soccer club) midfielder Jem Karacan has set his sights on winning a call up to the Turkey squad to cap his fine season so far. ... (Click on link to keep reading!)

actonbell said...

Oh, great.
Oh, great!
I think punctuation is important, too.

Thom said...

GREAT, n. - Balls of Fire

Anonymous said...

GO GIANTS
SFO
peace

w/v..spigit
spin speech

quilly said...

GREAT, Quilly the

Obviously I concur with (and resemble) the given definition. I am modest, too.

Omnipotent Poobah said...

Great - A word most often preceded by the words, "Just frickin'..."

actonbell said...

Oh, and I meant to say that "caudal" was a new word for me.

Doug said...

Karen, I don't know this Vierick, and I won't assume you do either.

That's funny, TLP. I bet you've done a lot of explaining to K over the years.

JJ< you're always welcome when you arrive.

Jim, I think Harris was probably just one of Bierce's many contemporary enemies.

Karen, I would have missed that story entirely without your help.

Actonbell, explain that to mama. You don't need a voice when you have a period.

Goodness gracious, Thom.

Bear, there is no peace in AT&T park. They can't even stick with a name.

And shy, Quilly, you left out shy.

Or others to that affect, Poobah, yeah.

actonbell said...

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