Monday, January 02, 2006


Reciprocate, v. Writing of a man's "talented pen," when he has been mentioning your "spirited imagination."

2006 Update: ne. A just war fought against a country not terribly far from an attacker.
The Normans England did invade
And the King said "bring my maps!
I'll launch a great reciprocate
Against Belgium or the Latts!"
How'd I do, TLP?


TLP said...

Oh! Clever use of an ne!

TLP said...

Reciprocate, v To attempt to reform another's habits.

Reciprocatee ,ne, One who receives this valuable service.

mireille said...

Yessssss! As in:
Doug's blog is a beacon of truth, a haven for verisimilitude, a misanthropomorphic paragon! (Because he said he liked the way I mostly spell all the words right on mine *preen*) xoxo

Unknown said...

you scratch my back, i'll scratch yours

Doug The Una said...

Thanks, TLP, and four syllables! I'm keeping your resolution all the way to the second of January.

Mireille, especially "zockso!"

Sar said...

Reciprocate: Tit for tat with perspective.

dddragon said...

I'll get you for that, my pretty!

(Bookworm is wearing her "Wicked" T-shirt today)

TLP said...

Back after having enough coffee to actually think.

WONDERFUL nerb. I am most impressed. I didn't even see the poem the first time around. Doubly impressed now.

Natuarally all resolutions are over by January 3.

Jamie Dawn said...

Reciprocate: The cycle of back patting which goes on between people and is the polite way to carry on.
When the balance is messed up and one person is doing all the patting and the other is receving all the pats, the pattee is not reciprocating and the patter is being screwed.

Anonymous said...

Love the poem, and the very very very scary definition

This is a day wherre I need to wake my brain up so I'm only stopping here, though my rules are subject....

Anonymous said...

Reciprocity: The engine driving bloggers.

Enjoyed the poem. What is this ne business?

Omnipotent Poobah said...

Excellent as usual Dave, but I'll offer a slight reinterpretation of Weirsdo's (which, in the spirit of recprocity, is quite fine already):

reciprosity: Also so the fuel that drives the engine driving the bloggers.

Logophile said...

You comment on my blog,
I'll comment on yours.

Minka said...

Dougstar, you owe me a definition of "wacky". If it is mean, I wanna have enough time to reciprocate well! Thanks for saying hi to my mom!

Doug The Una said...

Depends, "Karma," if that's you or Kruella speaking.

Nice, Sar.

Dddragon, I'll assume blood-curdling laughter.

TLP, phew. Thanks.

Reciprocity really confounds the old educational system, doesn't it, Actonbell.

Right, Jamie Dawn, and a lick is no substitute.

We know, Pia, ...change without reciprocity.

Weirsdo, while you were on vacation, we more diligent bloggers made resolutions for one another. TLP assigned me to compile nerbs, which I learned are verbs used as nouns. Now you get a learn, too.

Good point, Poobah, but who's Dave?

Logophile, you don't have a blog. You mean Ariella's?

Monika, since I used the word to describe you, you can assume it canotes affection, in this case for abnormality. Fire away.

Anonymous said...

Oh. Um, thanks for explaining (turns irresolutely to dissolution).

Then again you have never schlepped two kids around D. C., especially when one's favorite site is the Georgetown Gap store.

Miz BoheMia said...

Reciprocate... dance the tango with the universe and call it karma...


reciprocate, v. The process by which one good turn deserves a turning over.


Doug The Una said...

At your service, Weirsdo, and clearly I haven't.

Nice, Miz B.

Yup, Gabriel.

Minka said...

Well, in that case I´ll call you wonderfully weird with a touch of wisdom and a lust for danger.

TLP said...

A nerb ne can also be a noun used as a verb. Example Bork. Once a man (noun), but now a verb (To Bork: to have one's character assasinated.)

See: You sure got borked on that deal.

Unknown said...

you may substitute 'scratch' with 'rub'. i could do with some accupressure

- Kruella

bufdg: buff, dog

Tom & Icy said...

You poet real good, guy!

Doug The Una said...

Monika, would it be wonderfully weird to take that as a compliment? Of course, there's a fine line between lust and indifference.

OK, TLP, I'll try one of those soon.

Kruella, You're more demanding than your sister.

Haha, Icy! Good girl!

There ya go, Sugarcornpop. And not to fear, the world of blogging is pretty meaningless without voyeurs.

Lila said...

Nice job, Doug. Absolutely brilliant. Terribly clever! Really! I'm serious. You da bomb.

What do you think of me?

Logophile said...

Ah, Mr Doug, you haven't clicked my link.
I've another blog these days!

Indeterminacy said...

Reciprocate: One hand washes the other, and gets dirtier.

Here's wishing you all the best for the new year. How many Bierce definitions do you have left to cover? You've done so many, already. But our world is falling apart so fast, I'm sure you could start over again at the beginning.

(P.s. I'll be back blogging, as soon as I can think of an interesting story to open with).

Doug The Una said...

Haha, Aral, I think you're grand, clever, brilliant, beautiful, spiritually enlightened and just butch enough.

Logophile, I can't look you in the eye. Be right there.

Thanks, Indie, and to you. Here's the bad news: There are probably 1000 more usable definitions in the Enlarged Devil's Dictionary so I can continue quite a while. Take your time, by the way, your stories are like a fine wine, best when uncorked.

Indeterminacy said...

I'm sure we can cope with the remaining definitions, assuming the wine is good enough.

(P.S. I think half-cocked describes my stories better than uncorked.)