Friday, September 29, 2006


GAMBLING, n. A pastime in which the pleasure consists partly in the consciousness of advantages gained for oneself, but mainly in the contemplation of another's loss.

2006 Update: Forgoing a chance.


Ariel the Thief said...
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Minka said...

whoever was cute up there, trying first gambled well taking the comment away!

Minka said...

to gamble: saying ´yes´ at the altar!

I am not being sarcastic snuppy, a small margin does win in gambling ;)

brian said...

I gambol therefore I walk
a ramble in the park
is a preamble to a talk
a gamble hear penguin bark.

Anonymous said...

Gambling: Inviting more than 5 kids to a four year olds birthday party at the bear stuffing workshop and hoping it goes alright!!

Indeterminacy said...

Gambling: doing something with a highly uncertain outcome, but lying about it.

The Boy from S.A.C.A.D.A. said...

Gambling with a dubble headed nikel is lots of fun!

The Violent Vixen said...

hmm... I already commented... aparently it didn't work...
gambling: the easiest way to rid yourself of a little pocket change or the hardest way to realize you don't have the money to pay the rent


Anonymous said...

Gambling: Driving the streets of Los Angeles; crossing a street in New York.

dddragon said...

Gambling: believing the government.

FelineFrisky said...

Gambling - Leg Glitz! lol (get it gam - bling? Oh, bother!) D ;]

FelineFrisky said...

Another - Gambling - taking the chance that a 3 hour siesta will still leave time enough to accomplish all major chores AND prepare dinner B4 the bunny gets home. (see also - LAZY) D :}

Mutha said...

Gambling: to be driven by the desire to part with one's worldly goods.

Anonymous said...

Gambling: a strategic means to reduce taxable income.

Anonymous said...

Gambling, n. Involuntary donations.

Charlene Amsden said...

Didn't we have this one already? Please review optimistic.

Miz BoheMia said...

Gambling... a one way flight to Spain.

mireille said...

heh. I like gam-bling. heh.

um, knowing when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em?


Kyahgirl said...

ha ha Quilldancer :-) good one.

Charlene Amsden said...

Wait! Recent events in my life have just illuminated this word!

gambling v. driving while under the influence of unpaid parking tickets.

Charlene Amsden said...

Thank you, Kyah, de nada.

Anonymous said...

gambling: playing a game in which aces 'n eights may lead to an upfront win and/or bullet in the back.

eh. i took a shot...

Anonymous said...

Gambling: A stroll by one blessed with beautiful legs.

The Village Idiot said...

I am gambling on the chance that I will live another day. Typing from my sickbed. However, I did notice that I am a finalist on Sar's caption contest.

It would do this dying man's soul good if you would vote for me so I can leave this world happy.

Doug said...

Anonymous deleter, were the stakes too high?

Minka, for some saying I do is a gamble, for others a certain catastrophe. As to being first, every day is a new roll of the dice.

Brian 2 points for gambol and 6 for huh? You are a poet's poet.

CJ, how many feet of rope did you bring?

Indie, every tourist crossing the border from Nevada is a winner.

Sacada, tails!

Solace, that's where the "there was this guy, see?" story always starts.

Funny you mention that, A. Man that was a commute.

Dddragon, you do live fast.

Funny Feline. Both.

Mutha, and which of us isn't?

Old Mule, consult your tax professional.

Andrew, I like to think of it as supporting the chambermaids and coroners.

Clever, Quill.

Miz B, you bet successfully on it becomeing a round trip.

Dug deep for that one, hey, Mireille?

Kyah, I hope you come back because...

Quill, that's first rate.

Puppybrose, you always get extra credit for bringing up Poker and Deadwood.

Joel, by which you mean Neva, I assume.

V.I. Will you leave it quiet, though?

The amoeba said...

GAMBLING, n. The sole and all-encompassing activity of consciousness. GAMBOLING: subset of that activity where you gamble that you won't break your godam arm in the process.

Anonymous said...

My idea of a gamble? Getting on a plane. Flying over water. Oh lawdy is it windy out today because we're flying over mountains too.

brian said...


It was perfectly clear.

1. My fingers walk from blog to blog as I sightsee.

2. Thus a walk in the park compared to real work.

3. Reading before commenting is always wise.

4. Otherwise the flipper shall beat you down.

See :)

Anonymous said...

Gamble: allowing one's vulnerabilities into the light by falling in loooooooove.

Anonymous said...

I didn't bring any... I was lucky, I bet on a winner they all behaved well and no rope or sedatives needed. What can I say? I'm a regular Mary Poppins!

The amoeba said...

Too true, cindra jo. Your prize is this lovely pearl-handled knife I have here. If you'll just extract it from between my shoulder blades and clean it up, it's yours. Use it well.

Ariel the Thief said...

Doug, we got here following a lousy deer, and we decided to stay because the women we'd stolen started to give birth to babies, and you talk of too high stakes to ME? :)

Doug said...

O Ceallaigh, it's also the antithesis of reason, too. You're lucky to be an amoeba.

And eye contact, Jenna?

You're right, Brian. Thanks for the remedial course.

Cindra Jo, that's just foolish talk.

CJ, it's too bad Norman Rockwell didn't live to paint you.

O Ceallaigh, rule #1 of romance: never turn back. Orpheus was the lucky one.

Ariel, if you were driving a Jaguar I apologize.

Ariel the Thief said...

no, Doug, I was riding one.

G said...

Gambling - I've hedged a few bets...not in card games either. So far the witness protection program is working out swell.

ariel - reading backwards I wondered, then I laughed!

The Village Idiot said...

I tend to do things backwards Doug , so I will exit not with a wimper but with a bang...

i.e. spontaneous explosion

Doug said...

Ariel, the day you bite one, I'll have nothing left but admiration.

G, if that is your real name, I'm glad it's working for you.

V.I., I heard that was going around.

Anonymous said...

gambling: pursuit of happenstance

Anonymous said...

d'oh! that was me. (that's what i get for being so punny yesterday)

Anonymous said...

Michael plays with stars
Soul Sister won't you take a ride in his car
Late to call
When you wanted to be all
Baby don't be so shy
Rock children hold your heads up high
In the night while I try
And tell the ballad of Valentine

You got it bad, but you know it's true

I caught up with a friend in Dallas
We took a trip to New Orleans
Those black-eyed ladies
Won't say they're sorry

We finally caught a train to Memphis
Where everybody talks the same
Those blue suede babies
All know my name

And I said hold tight
Can't you see it's hurting me
But I've got the buzz
Like Marlon Brando
Michael Valentine, can't we unite?

We ended up in North Dakota
Although my heart's in Mexico
My muñequita
Abre tus ojos

With your new suit, and your black tie
Hold on, you're just a GAMBLING man, all proper like
I broke to the right and I caught your eye
Shut your mouth and wave goodbye
Tonight, I ain't gonna let you rain on this parade

And I said hold tight
Can't you see it's hurting me
But I've got the buzz
Like Marlon Brando
Straight faced with misery tonight

And I will not lie when I say I ain't cold no more
But I've got the buzz
Like Greta Garbo
Walking forwards in the sun
And I've got a cold tale left to write

Well uh oh
I know he's gonna be there tonight

The Mushroom said...

Gamble: when a man attempts to play by the unwritten rules, similar to the laws of physics but with less permanence, of either dice or cards or women. One has a slight chance of winning in any of the above, and a great chance of becoming impoverished.

Kyahgirl said...

I did come back, taking a gamble that the party would still be going..... I was right. Well, the odds were in my favour though.
Ariel, please be careful with jaguars!You wouldn't want one gnawing on those pretty ankles of yours!

Anonymous said...

Gambling: participating in an activity in which a mere 25 cents can make the difference between 17 thousand dollars and a funny anecdote about the big jackpot missed by thismuch. [see also: Carson City, (1982) ~ Neva's sister pulled the handle before Neva got the 3rd coin in the slot machine, and yes, those four 7's came up on the 3rd line, meaning the girls wound up]

Logophile said...

“Someone asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave the commonsensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true and incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.”
Gloria Steinem
and then...

The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
Ambrose Bierce

actonbell said...

gambling-accepting a much different job, switching insurance companies, confiding in a friend, picking up an unknown book.

Showing up at almost 9pm EST.

Anonymous said...

Expecting to still be the same person, too.

Alana said...

Gambling: Never taking a risk.

Iknow it's a mediocre version of your own Doug, which is really good by the way, but it's Friday and it's all I got.

Anonymous said...

Ouch, O Ceallaigh. She done you bad. Sorry. I see a whole dude and dude conversation coming up soon...

Doug said...

Punnybrose, that was fantastic. Pursuit of happenstance. Mm-mm.

Shayna, those lyrics remind me of Saint in The City.

Mushroom, statistics cause poverty.

Kyahgirl, you have no mercy for cats, do you?

Ouch, Puppy!

Two good quotes, Logo. Who was that second dude?

Lucinda, it's been good to see you back. Tell Actonbell hello for me.

Squaregirl, that's a fine version of my own definition.

Cindra Jo, it's good to see you've gotten to know my brother O Ceallaigh so well.

Anonymous said...

gambling is just the gentlemen's term for taking incredibly stupid risks; it is three steps higher on the ladder than the word chance.

Chance is really as far as I ever go.

Unknown said...

A delusion of a grand, yore.