Tuesday, May 02, 2006


OVERCHARGE, v. To ask a higher price than you can get.

2006 Update: To charge.


Ariel the Thief said...

overcharge, one form of flatulence

Sunil Natraj said...

Hola Doug

Minka said...

To charge with conviction!

Minka said...

It's Dark in Here

A woman takes a lover home during the day while her husband is at work. Her 9-year old son comes home unexpectedly, sees them and hides in the bedroom closet to watch. The woman's husband also comes home. She puts her lover in the closet, not realizing that the little boy is in there already.

The little boy says, "Dark in here."

The man says, "Yes, it is."

Boy: "I have a baseball."

Man: "That's nice."

Boy: "Want to buy it?"

Man: "No, thanks."

Boy: "My dad's outside."

Man: "OK, how much?"

Boy: "$250"

In the next few weeks, it happens again that the boy and the lover are in the closet together.

Boy: "Dark in here."

Man: "Yes, it is."

Boy: "I have a baseball glove."

The lover, remembering the last time, asks the boy, "How much?"

Boy: "$750"

Man: "Sold."

A few days later, the father says to! the boy, "Grab your glove, let's go outside and have a game of catch."

The boy says, "I can't, I sold my baseball and my glove."

The father asks, "How much did you sell them for?"

Boy: "$1,000"

The father says, "That's terrible to overcharge your friends like that . That is way more than those two things cost. I'm going to take you to church and make you confess."

They go to the church and the father makes the little boy sit in the confessional booth and closes the door.

The boy says, "Dark in here."

The priest says, "Don't start that shit again, you're in my closet now!"

Doug The Una said...

Haha, Ariel. Nice wordplay.

Namaste, Sunil.

AAAAAAhahahahahaha, Minka! Hurray!

TLP said...

Overcharge, n., Left over energy. Like when you try relaxing, but you feel more comfortable tense.

Sar said...

Overcharge: An overlooked means to an end when it comes to new shoes or spa treatments for yours truly.

(lol, Minka!)

Anonymous said...

Minka that was hilarious!

Overcharge: what my hairdresser does and leaves all the split ends behind. Bah.

CozyMama said...

Gas, do I need to say more?

I have a pretty moving story on my blog today, check it out if you have a chance. If it effects you like it did me, send some friends.

Kyahgirl said...

Yay minka-good laugh first thing :-)

charging over to jodes place to check out here story!

Lila said...

overcharge, v. To kill a battery with over-zealousness.

I have done this.

Omnipotent Poobah said...

overcharge - Holding authority over a group of people. As in, "I'm overcharge of them dang generals." G.W.Bush, 2006

The amoeba said...


1. What happens on a football field after a victory, especially a big one.

2. What happens to anyone who abandons celibacy, any style, any reason. Thanks for the reminder, Minka. I think.

Mutha said...

Very funny Minka.

Overcharge: stressing one's advantage in the equation of supply and demand. Example of the sage observation that some things are "no bargain" at any price.

Logophile said...

Minka, that is a good one.
You funny, funny gal.
All these definitions have been so good, definitely with Jodes on the gas, cost me nearly $10 to fill my tank the other day (motorcycle) I could hear the galloping of a highwayman in my head.
If I am going to be overcharged I want to be at a spa with Sar, dang it, not at a smelly ole gas station.
o'ceallaigh, I think overcharging is what occurs not when one abandons celebacy but when one attempts to engage in it.

The Village Idiot said...

Overcharge, v. When a knight, tilting at the lists, misses his opponent.

"Praytell, what just happened?"
"It appears that Sir Ector has overcharged yet again"

Doug The Una said...

TLP, that's almost everytime for me.

Sar, sounds like you get a fair price.

Bah, Jenna. Bah, indeed!

Jodes, I look forward to reading it.

*bugles,* Kyahgirl

Poor, poor Hildegard of Buggin' Must have thought she hit the jackpot getting a lesbian owner.

I've been meaning to ask you, Omnipotent Poobah, if you're the decider.

O Ceallaigh, I hear you. It's a slippery slope.

This morning, Mutha, Blogger was feeling overpriced.

Logo, that highwayman was in a hummer.

Village Idiot, I was looking forward to that one. I had an image this morning that must have come from a cartoon of a knight hanging from his (or her) lance from a tree.

The Village Idiot said...

Why, thank you Sir Doug. Now, if you would be so kind as to get me down out of this tree.....

The amoeba said...

logo ~ sorry to hear that you suffer so from headaches. take two tylenol and lay yourself down ... :)

jodes -

I tip my hat to the new constitution,
Take a bow for the new revolution,
Is my head green at the change all around?
Pick up my guitar and play,
Just like yesterday,
And then I get on my knees and pray -
We don't get fooled again.

Meet the new boss.
Same as the old boss.

     - Pete Townshend

Tom & Icy said...

Too much caffeine in the morning, like Sar's picture on her post.

Doug The Una said...

Haha, V.I. I'll bring the horse around.

O Ceallaigh, salty today, I see. High gas prices and global warming?

How much is too much, Lammy?

LeMas. said...

charging and leaving a tip jar

The amoeba said...

doug - yeah, both of those. and this crack by a sometime carpenter about taking the 2x4 out of your own eye before reaching for the splinter in your neighbor's.

Indeterminacy said...

Overcharge: offer black market prices in a free market economy (as in government contracts).

Minka said...

It seems like I cheered a lot of people up this Tuesday morning. Besides that I already gave two private German lessons and cleaned my entire room. How overcharged am I?
Dont answer that!

Doug The Una said...

Masil, that is annoying. Especially because I always feel bad not leaving a dollar. I'm the victim here. Me.

O Ceallaigh, ours is a nation of motes.

Indie, yes!

Minka, you're a bargain at twice the price.

Unknown said...

i'll say its a darn lot better than undercharging for coffee

hficfdu: hi 5 for caffeine, dude

Jamie Dawn said...

Ariel: Yours made me laugh!!

Overcharge: A bull that misses its target.

Anonymous said...

minka minka minka- so good.

Rio said...

speeding tickets

Doug The Una said...

Good point, Karma. Save us from ourselves. As always, brilliant use of the verifier.

Bulls do that, Jamie Dawn.

Yeah, Cooper. Isn't that the best joke you've seen in a long time?

Witty or ranty, Cowgirl, it's always a pleasure to see you.

Or speeding, Rio. The punishment fits the crime, poetically at least.

Miz BoheMia said...

Overcharge... the European way of life!

Funny, funny Monika! I got that as an email a year ago and am laughin' still!

Ariel the Thief said...

Sunil, that is one beautiful dog.

Anonymous said...

Overcharge for excess baggage
Know your concourse, know your gate
Up this way sir, not that way sir,
Airplane departs gate six eight
Please sir may l see your ticket
Fasten your seat belt, you can't smoke
Beverage, anything you'd care for
Sorry but we're out of cokeBoeing boeing 707
Going, going skywardly heavenly
Higher than bluebirds fly
Why then oh why can't l
Destination de-plane slowly
Do this, do that, l comply
God bless orville, God bless wilbur
It's the only way to fly
Boeing boeing 707
Going, going skywardly heavenly
Higher than bluebirds fly
Why then oh why can't l
Boeing boeing 707
Going, going skywardly heavenly
Higher than bluebirds flyWhy then oh why can't l

Doug The Una said...

Miz B, I sez Minka made it up.

That was nice, Ariel. He doesn't come by often. The link in my sidebar that says "Xanadu" is where you can tell him directly.

Perfidy, a4g!

Shayna, you sure know a lot of lyrics.

Actonbell, I'm sure it was concern for respectability. How did you just make the Flintstones sound refined?

Omnipotent Poobah said...

That's the wonderful thing about being omnipotent. I can delegate all that decision stuff to one of my lowly serfs. Don't feel sorry for them though. I pay 'em well.

Anonymous said...

overcharging: What Mr. Banana sometimes gets mad at me for doing, but I disagree cuz theres no such thing!!!!!

ninjapoodles said...

When a game of mounted "chicken" goes horribly wrong, and you wind up tramping your opponent underneath your horse's hooves.

The amoeba said...

doug -

I sez Minka made it up.

Google sez the current version started hitting the Internet in early 2005, with earlier variants dating back to 2001.

Amazing what you can find online these days.

Doug The Una said...

So, ah, Poobah, whadda I do now?

Sissy, Mr. Bierce and I both agree with you.

Haha, Belinda. That is horribly wrong. Such an innocent avatar to go with such a terrible imagination.

O Ceallaigh, "sez" canotes a faith-based initiative. Maybe Minka made in up in 2001. Ever think of that, Prof?

Minka said...

Doug, there are no mistakes in the spelling, the word formation is so different from mine and every teh is spelled "the". I couldn´t have made up that joke if my life depended on it!