Friday, August 25, 2006


HAMMER, n. An instrument for smashing the human thumb- a malleus as the Latin hath it. One of the old Frankish kings was called Charles Martel, or Charles the Hammer, because he was a beat.

2006 Update: A blunt instrument unless compared to a statistic.

I have no further message this morning but have developed a bad habit


Minka said...

Numero uno *bangs them on the head with it*

TLP said...

If I had a hammer, I'd hammer out a meaning. I'd hammer out a meaning all over this blog.

As it is, I'll just hammer on the keyboard.

Ariel the Thief said...

hammer: sometimes the only solution. also see Lennon/McCartney.

Mo'a said...

What bad habit???!!! Not you, please tell me not you.

Hammer: To hammer into the ground ~ a subject ~ or a word ~
I am sure that will happen here today.

Minka said...

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail!"
-Abraham Maslow-

I personally like the idea that if hit by a hammer, you exercise your right to freedom of speech to its fullest!

Minka said...

I hereby claim Doug´s bad habit and announce that the message he would like to pass on today is:

VOTE for Minka!

Sar said...

Hammer Time!

U Can't Touch This

Or maybe it's just earworm time.

Sar said...

(*nods Minka*)

The Violent Vixen said...

Hammer: the name of an old singer guy (also known as MC Hammer)

This is another one of those "I've only had 4 hours of sleep" comments... I think I've learned my lesson. No more 2 AM trips to see friends at work for me.
That goes along with your bad habit... we've all got one...or a few. Mine just happens to be my current love interest.

Anonymous said...

well Sar took the earworm i'd hope to use. sigh. this serves to hammer home the value of rising early, *not* missing worms, etc.

and Solace Cai, your youth is showing! (not that that's a bad thing...) let's try to remember MC Hammer as the guy who also did the theme song for the Addams Family Movie!

Doug: you haven't taken up smoking and/or cross-dressing as a nun, have you?

Minka said...

Hammer,n. one of the tools depicted in the East-Germany flag!
Hammer, Zirkel, Aehrenkranz!

Anonymous said...

by the way, the *first* earworm i missed was hammered out by TLP... well done, missy!

Anonymous said...

Hammer, v.: 1. To strike repeatedly. 2. To teach.

Anonymous said...

I always thought it was a Black Musician!

Anonymous said...

another favorite line from *another* favorite movie:

"You two are just dumber than a bag of hammers" ~ Ulysses Everett McGill, O Brother, Where Art Thou

Anonymous said...

hammer: means for releasing an idea [see also, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom & Thought v. Zeus, God of Thick Skulls]

Miz BoheMia said...

Keep the commenting up and pretty soon you will end up as verbose as your sistah hermano mio! Cuidado, cuidado! Habits are hard to kick!

Hammer... *sigh* the object of many a bohemian fantasy whilst surrounded by toxic people...

Charlene Amsden said...

Hammer: Thor's weapon of choice

One of Thor's famous battles with an invading giant named Nial has blessed us with many current slang terms, some of them being: "Hammer some sense into him ..." and "You've really hammered it," as well as the most famous phrase of all, "Hitting the Nial on the head."

The amoeba said...

Dam the Colorado, TLP, I gotta sing that this Sunday!

HAMMER, n. A bad actor. See KIRK, JAMES T..


Anthony's Law of Force: Don't force it, get a larger hammer. Corollary: if the need is sufficient, any available object becomes a hammer.

Ariel the Thief said...

Sickle and Hammer, don't you think this is the day for us to sing the Internationale together, Monika???

Ariel the Thief said...

further message suggestion: today in 1819 Allan Pinkerton founded Chicago detective agency.

Anonymous said...

HAMMER,n. A style of verbal expression favored by individuals likewise lacking in subtlety or nuance.

Doug The Una said...

Minka, even hopping you're a danger.

TLP, if only someone would. Let's get you the Hammer of Sarcasm, the Bell of injustice.

Brian, I think that should be anvil.

Ariel, if bang bang Maxwell were that clever, he'd be dangerous.

Mo'a I got to work to find 26 comments and I like your odds.

Everyone, I just noticed on Mo'a's blog a link to the website for her art and this curmudgeon is top impressed to do anything but praise her work as stunning. Give a gander! That's one talented, creative lady making fun of us.

That's a great quote, Minkam and it's true a hammer is a great shortcut to self-actualization. So is hijacking.

Sar, another earworm. Did you know he got his stagename because people thought he looked like Hammerin' Hank Aaron? Now ya do.

Solace, that's a good bad habit. But old? I hope he's my age.

Puppybrose, I meant putting announcements at the bottom of posts but great nun pun!

Proper, Shamrock.

Minka, I'm with you up to Ährenkranz. Was ist daß?

Anomie, I don't know that one but I love watching people get eaten! Brings me peace in my heart. Do you think Netflix will have it?

That's it, Brian. We're killing time waiting for Dewy.

Weirsdo, to teach piano I guess it goes double, huh?

Starbender, welcome!

Puppy, great line from a great flick. Trivia time, do you know where the title came from?

Puppybrose, I believe that was an axe, but whatever it takes to get wise, I always say.

Haha, Miz B, I know I'm in the red zone lately. I know what you mean, too. When surrounded by enough fools, a hammer becomes erotic art.

Quilldancer, nicely done. Especially "Hitting the nial on the head."

O Ceallaigh, I love your definition of wrench. See also tooth, fist, heel, buck knife, forehead.

Ariel, thanks for both suggestions. Hum a few bars and see if we can pick it up.

Damn straight, Duxfine!

Anonymous said...

Hammer as in M.C. Hammer as in Stanley Burrell whom I met when he was 12-years old and then only destined to be the "Can't Touch This" flash in the pan.

At the time of making his acquaintence young "Hammer" was in the employ of one Charles O. Finley, then owner of the Oakland A's Baseball Team...Finley had seen him dance in the parking lot, liked him, and hired him to be his eyes and ears at the stadium while Finley was away at his Chicago home. He earned the nickname "Hammer" because he looked a bit like a young Hank Aaron.

(apologize for the d-list name dropping...didn't have the willpower to resist...I am weak.)

G said...

hammer: for when you care enough to slam the very best.

Doug, hope your habit doesn't require shoveling.

Anonymous said...

O Brother: Sullivan's Travels?

as for the hammer v axe? well, being a good Wikipediot, i double checked and found it was either/or. good enough for me and/or a comment!

(i kind of figured the "bad habit" was message-related)

Mutha said...

Don't apologize Joel. I'm always up for a baseball story. And Hammerin Hank Aaron was who I thought of for the definition.
Look kids, all those homeruns and no steroids!

mireille said...

At one time, Tom DeLay ... as he was pounding Texas voting districts into a shape that pleased him. Ahhh Tom. (Straighten that toupee! No one loves a crooked-haired convict.) xoxo

Anonymous said...

I hammered the man who sung the music

Get progressively worse at this!

Sar said...

Of course, Mireille! How did I miss making the Tom DeLay/Hammer connection?? *shakes head*

Pia I know you would've made it, but you got here after Mireille. I have no excuse, but I'll claim sufferage from a bad earworm.

Anonymous said...

Mike Hammer: figment of Spillane's imagination


hammer: stiletto induced toe deformity (sorry Sar, it had to be noted)

and you are SO correct, Doug, Mo'a's artwork is *magical*.

tsduff said...

There is a certain shark with a head shaped like this.

tsduff said...

Yes - yay Mo'a. I've got a piece of her art sitting innocently on my buffet... an elf of sorts. He brings us great joy.

Doug The Una said...

Joel, that's pretty cool and MC Hammer is no worse than C-list to me since he rapped on a Bebe and Cece Winans album.

Haha, G, I've been snowed under.

Smart puppy! I always remember it as Haephestus' axe.

Amen, Mutha. I used to go to Braves games at the old Atlanta/Fulton County stadium and I was always moved by the marker where Hammerin' Hank's 715th home run cleared the left-center wall. I will not feel the same about Barry Bonds accomplishing the same thing.

Mireille, I'm hoping he'll be a hammeree.

Pia, they were just scales!

Sar, what can be done to alleve your sufferage?

Puppy, it sure is. In all of noiriana Mike Hammer is the one I never quite got the fascination of.

True, Terry and likewise a blogger. Smart purchase. Elves make great gifts ;-)

The Village Idiot said...

Hammer Toe, Hammer Hand, Hammer Head

All actions followed by inventive language.

And we all know, that Mike Hammer can not hold a candle to Spencer( I never think we learn his first name ) for Hire....

Anonymous said...

a4g: yeah, but not *Super* Mario... seriously, those Hammer Brothers were brutal!

Charlene Amsden said...

You guys are really hammering out the definations here. Looks like I'm not needed. Think I'll go get hammered.

Anonymous said...

V.I. well done finding something new to do with this word. I remember when Spenser was on, but I don't think I saw it. The Rockford Files kicked butt, though.

Haha, a4g. Great way to end the week. Have a good weekend.

Puppybrose, I'm just a poor country boy. That went way over my head, culturewise.

Quilldancer, raise a glass to you for me.

Actonbell, from the perspective of someone who knows you only by blogging, that was a perfect self-descriptions. I always look forward to Fridays when we get tipsy AB. Have a great weekend.

Doug The Una said...

That wasn't Cooper. Nor Ariel.

I'll have what Actonbell and Quilldancer are having.

Sophisticated Writer said...

Hammer: A very handy tool to be used by an overworked employee directly ON the head of their ugly boss.

Which reminds me of the many occasions I needed one. So badly. Oh well...


Anonymous said...

really? you never played Super Mario Brothers?? i mean, i know little of the genre, but, uh... Super Mario Bros. is a Nintendo Classic. (that said, the only video game i was ever good at is Pong.)

oh, and not to take anything away from VI (as if) but what the hell did you think i meant by "stiletto induced toe deformity??

okay. i'll go now. apparently i was in need of a little attention because someone around here is watching the Dodgers : P

Omnipotent Poobah said...

hammer: A blunt instrument unless compared to a statistic. (Also see Tom "the Hammer" DeLay.

BTW, what's the bad habit. We need DISH!

Charlene Amsden said...

Sorry, guys, I tried to get hammered but all I had was a screw driver .....

Tom & Icy said...

I still would rather be a hammer than the nail. Don't know about stats.

Minka said...

Aehrenkranz? Google East German flag! Aehren is some type of wheat. The top part actually!

Now,come back, and comment on your comments,or you´ll have he life expectancy of a glass hammer!

Miz BoheMia said...

Who you gotta BANG to get a story up? 'Tis Saturday already dammit!

And I am talking HAMMER-kinda-BANG you perverts!!! FOR SHAME!

Doug The Una said...

Sophisticated, depends, if the employee were a pharmacist, wouldn't poison be the best option?

Puppy, you are a lioness. I'm of the Donkey Kong Generation and without children.

Poobah, the bad habit was putting an announcement on every post this week.

One, Quilldancer?

Icy, I would too, if I could.

Good grief, Minka. Now I see how the Emperor Penguin got its name.

Miz B, I guess I'll have to write one.

Ariel the Thief said...

Goodbye everybody, I've got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooohooohooohooo (any way the wind blows),
I don't wanna die
I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all

dunno what Freddie did on this day in any years but this song doesn't leave my head. it's ok, though, good song.

Sophisticated Writer said...

Yes, indeed, Doug!! *scratch head* Poison is silent, you just watch. but well the impact of the hammer on the nasty boss's big head would leave me more thrilled. And I could do it again and again and again...

Janet said...

Or how about the more obscure reference to Hammer the classic rapper?

Please Hammer, don't hurt 'em.

Since this site runs so well on guest posts I wondered if you would consider perhaps offering your services to mine one day soon. Just click on the link. The post explains it all.

Charlene Amsden said...

Only one, Doug. I really don't like the sensation of being drunk. The 22nd year of my life was pretty much spent in the bathroom on my knees. I'm not going back there....

And why only now am I singing Maxwell's Silver Hammer? Where was that yesterday when I needed it?

Doug The Una said...

Ariel, nothing like Bohemian Rhapsody to lighten the mood.

Sophisticated, I think hammers are better for torture and long, slow deaths. Or carpentry.

Janet, good to see you, friend. Can't touch that.

Sounds like senior year to me, Quilly. I don't know. He just shows up when you least expect him.

Anonymous said...

Also Hammered, adj. Drunk
Many residents of the Netherworld are often Hammered.