Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Super Extra Special Guest Wednesday

This week, I'm more than honored to have you as my guest. You are asked to pick any word you would like to define in the comments and follow that instinct. For purposes of linking and crossword puzzling, we'll say today's word was Olio.

About You: You are wise beyond measure. You are as brilliant as the full sun over Timbuktu and yet as humble as the sands beneath it. You write dozens of blogs, thousands of well-chosen words per day. You cover a broad range of topics from politics to literature to feminine hygiene in a variety of styles from facetious to sarcastic. You look great in stripes. Sometimes you hold contests and you win them more often than not. You are strong. From time to time you can be a little repetitive, but, really, who among us isn't now and then? You are truly a citizen of the world, multicultural and multilingual with multiple personalities. You haven't aged a day since I've known you. I mean it.

Getting to know you has changed my life. I feel like I've made a great friend since we've met and I don't make friends easily. While sometimes I'm not entirely sure you should be walking the streets, I keep a $10 bill in my pick-up truck just in case I see you. Truly, the time we spend together is as meaningful to me as my job and easier to remember. You totally rock in your own unique way. You are gracious, salacious, independent, resplendent, an excellent defendant, generous, ponderous, pristine, punctual, pleasant, aggressive, impressive, congested, suggestive, kind, cornered, confessed, flagellated, agitated, aggravated, rhetorical, historical, poetic and apparently peripatetic. You watch too much television. You want the World Champion Chicago White Sox to win it all again this year and I bless you for that, my dear friend..

How to be a future guest, again, on this site: Just send an email to dpascover at mac dot com. On a future Wednesday, after posting that week's guest, I'll send you an email with a word to define. You'll be expected to return your definition along with a graphic representing either your definition or yourself by the following Saturday. The only rules are no profanity and no novels, please. And whatever I make up at the last minute.

I will be contacting previous guests who regularly comment here to repeat in no particular order. Previous guests who haven't been much heard from since their guest post should recontact if they would like to repeat.


Minka said...

First, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

-Mark Twain-

Minka said...

Olio=oiling up, v. Thank you so much Doug. I have been waiting all my life for somebody to see those things in me. *sobs*

Anonymous said...

first (or second) let me say thank you for that lovely introduction! hopefully i'll not need that 10 bucks any time soon.

olio: blogosphere

spouse: one who, after 21 years, continues to love you even after seeing you without makeup and/or *with* frosting foils in your hair, does the dishes every-single-night, and still give you butterflies and/or shivers with a look, a touch, or a kiss.

(sorry, Doug, but you asked for it, and since it's our anniversary, i'm feeling a bit sentimental!)

The amoeba said...


BUTTER, part. Comparative of BUTT, the prominence of which is directly proportional to the consumption of dietary fats and other produce.

And now for something completely different, in honor of our President and his Administration:

FREEDOM, n. The price of stupidity.

See what happens when you point fingers, Doug?


Minka said...

puppytoes: happy anniversary. You two are just too cute!

spouse, once in a blue moon they are called Joel or Puppytoes.

Indeterminacy said...

Congratulations to me and all the rest of the mes featured today! Doug couldn't have featured anyone nicer.

Olio: A substance whose market demand goes down as the availability of butter decreases.

Indeterminacy said...

P.s.: sometimes when I go to visit Doug's site, I find myself typing in "butterbierce" instead of "bitterbierce". Does anyone else have that?

Sar said...

Word: An invitation to my intellectual playground; a catalyst for expressing one's thoughts and opinions which apparently includes elaborate excuses and ruses by a certain curmudgeon dog minus a guest. ;)

(10 demerits if you respond to this comment with "Word", Doug, as you're more clever than that.)

Sar said...

Brian, that's an excellent poem.

Happy Anniversary to the loveloveloving couple, Neva & Joel!

Anonymous said...

olio: where rock and funk collide

collide ,v. What my free time and my blogging time do on a regualr basis.

Minka said...

indy, some of us just bookmark pages and go from there or click on of those little underlined thingies called a link! :)

mis-typing, n. actually using the url-box

Some things are just a click away though!

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for the wonderful sentiments...your warmth and kindness is disarming, leaving me temporarily at a loss for words...and definitions.

Anonymous said...

It's bad enough I have to come here and think up a definition, Doug. Now I have to think up a word?!?!

pout: the little blue pill's way of saying "Crap"

Unknown said...

Thank you Douglas.

I never doubted for a moment that you would put me on a pedestal, wash my feet with milk and rose petals and worship the ground I walk on.

As I gaze down on my many admirers and fans, whose Boticelli angel's face catches my eye but yours? How can I not acknowledge the admiration in those blue eyes, how can I not see the patina of nervous sweat on your brow, how can I not but notice those quivering lips full of anticipation, waiting for the pearls of wisdom to fall from mine?

If there was anyone worthy of me, sweet prince, I assure you its you. So still that madly beating heart.

Please, limit the applause to 10 minutes only.

Mush: what they say to dogs to make them run faster

... and, no relation to the above but a very Happy Birthday to Krishna ... Hare Krishna!!!

And a deliriously Happy Anniversary to my fav couple, Neva and Joel. Have a good 'un, you two!

wicqmfwf: wicked queen mother farts, woof!

G said...


2 Down: 4 letter word for place where everybody knows your "name" and they're (usually) glad you came.

Put that ten away, your money's no good around here.

G said...

Karma, I have just collapsed on my desk from the import of your words.

Hare Krishna.

Minka said...

Karma, I did not!

Hare Krishna.

So much to celebrate, so few flowers in Iceland.

*hands a wanna-be tree to India*

Anonymous said...

i've always thought the soldiers guarding the castle that belonged to the Wicked Witch of the East were singing: "O-lee-oh... yo-oh! O-lee-oh...yo--oh!" as they marched along the bridge (in the Wizard of Oz). perhaps Karma has indeed discovered some underlying theme in today's post! Cheeky Wizard...

Hare Krishna!

(and thanks to all for your kind and lovely wishes... Brian, that poem was inspired! thank you)

Doug The Una said...

Minka, of course, I'm only guessing on the stripes. Every other word I'll testify to.

Puppybrose, goofiness never takes me by surprise.

O Ceallaigh, your definition for freedom shows why you're the master.

Aren't they Minka? I'm pretty sure I could never work for either of them with a straight face.

Brian, nicely done as always.

Sar, an excellent suggestion and well-spelled.

Cooper, I see no collision. More of an endless, gentle coupling.

Minka, God only knows where you'd end up if you typed into the URL box.

Cowboy up, Joel. Celebrating fully your good fortune and great marriage is going to need some tart humor if I've come to know your wife even a little.

Jenna, "Pout" is the best word for you since "Trollop."

Hare Karma! (and beautifully written as ever)

You sure, G? Guess I'll bet on a horse instead.

Hahaha, Minka!

Ave Snuppy! Ave Bobo!

Unknown said...

darling g, here, have some smelling salts. and thanks

no salts for you naughty Minks! but i can throw you a frozen codfish

you're welcome, Neva. have a drink in my name

woof, Douglas

TLP said...

Define, v. To describe, delimit, determine, detail, and designate, all de fine terms that apply to an expression, idiom, locution, comment, message, lexeme, name, etc.

(I demand 10 points from Sar for not using the "w" term.

Thanks, Douglas, for the lovely and loving intro you gave me. And, oh yeah, the rest of those folks.

The Village Idiot said...

Dull,adj. The obtuse, pointless, apathetic, blank, flat, listless, languid, stagnat, torpid, routine, boring, indifferent, vacuous, soporific state one finds themselves in after too much work.

Hence the explanation of the doldrums in which I have become mired.

mireille said...

What the hell is this about? And why is it worth only $10?

You knew this because you already knew this: virago \vuh-RAH-go; vuh-RAY-go\, noun:
1. A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage.
2. A woman regarded as loud, scolding, ill-tempered, quarrelsome, or overbearing.


Ariel the Thief said...

Karma, I know you were kidding, yet that was breathtaking...

Doug, I am somewhat disappointed. I thought you knew me better than that... :-P

Logophile said...

see also, by hook or by crook,
the method and extremes to which Doug is willing to go to FINALLY get Actonbell as a Wednesday guest definer.

I hardly watch any TV at all, Doug, I KNEW you hadn't been paying attention! (sob sob)

Doug The Una said...

Arf, Karma!

TLP, it's all about you.

VI, I had a question about code. Should I leave it as a comment on your blog?

Mireille, how did you come to hear that word? xoxo

Ariel, If you wrote a blog I might.

Brian, try not to spill your popcorn when you emote.

That's funny, Logo. Surely she'll show up for this. I meant movies.

Minka said...

Naughty? Karma, why I beg you to stop such non-sense...
Well, I sure never contemplated on such a subject in my life. I am a nurse, how can that possibly be naughty :)

Doug The Una said...

Minka, I think I once saw a documentary called "Hot Nurses in Cold Climates." Mostly prayer, contemplation and sponge baths, right? Very wholesome, although I've heard about March of The Penguins, too which paints a much different picture.

mireille said...

Hot Nurses In Cold Climates and you said this featured Minka? Huh. Interesting. xoxo

tsduff said...

Etymology: Middle English desolat, from Latin desolatus, past participle of desolare to abandon, from de- + solus alone

1 : devoid of inhabitants and visitors : DESERTED

2 : joyless, disconsolate, and sorrowful through or as if through separation from a loved one a desolate widow>

3 a : showing the effects of abandonment and neglect : DILAPIDATED a desolate old house>
b : BARREN, LIFELESS a desolate landscape>
c : devoid of warmth, comfort, or hope : GLOOMY desolate memories>
synonym see ALONE, DISMAL

Desolate: Deserted - my preferred campsite

The antonym {populous} of which is a suitable description for your place.

Logophile said...

Doug~ Oooh movies, well, since we started Netflix THAT is a distinct possibility.

Actonbell~ So glad I could encourage you to share that with us. I shall add that to my list of accomplishments for the day, that makes a final tally
Whew, I'm exhausted.

Doug The Una said...

Hurray, Actonbell! Ruses come in every shade.

Mireille, it may have been a different penguin.

So, Terry, it means disconsolate but only at home?

See, Logo, I was paying attention. And thanks for your help. That was big.

Jamie Dawn said...

Yes, I AM historical, and all those other things you said.
You forgot to say that I'm frugal, vivacious, and always right.

Very good special guest idea, Doug.

Olio: Ohio misspelled

tsduff said...

Nope - I don't use that definition - at home or anywhere else. Well, actually maybe I do, when I go all the way to Casper's Hot Dogs and find them closed...

TLP said...

o·li·o (ō'lē-ō')n., pl. -os ,
Hodgepodge lodge.

Yes, it is all about me. It's good to be Queen.

Doug The Una said...

Jamie Dawn, I left out cute as a button. My bad.

Terry, to decide on hot dog, get in a car in search of a hot dog and end up with not hot dog to eat? Desolation. Despair. I don't know what to say.

Darn tootin', TLP. And nice work! with the phonetics. Can you teach me?

tsduff said...


Unknown said...

thanks ariel. could that be the beginning of another movie script? :))

Minks sweetie, that was a compliment. it's good to be a naughty nurse - now tell us about those movies you have secretly been starring in!

nfomtv: nurses 4 MTV

Anonymous said...

gentle coupling sound ok but once in awhile I like a good old collision.;0

Minka said...

well, karma, I was younger back then, besides the director was a real stud. They told me I was beautiful and had talent. But before you can get somewhere, you have to go down and dirty ;)
And with a name like Minx? My parents didn´t even gave me a chance, now did they?

I can't believe I just typed that :)

Ariel the Thief said...

nah, we all need money, nobody blames you... :-P

Doug The Una said...

Terry, we understand each other.

Karma, I'd love to read another Karma/Ariel production.

We all do, Cooper. It's very normal. We're still talking about blogging, right?

Minka, I can't believe you just typed it correctly.

Haha, Ariel. Are you going to tell your story now?