Redefining misanthropy for a fresh generation. Standard posts begin with a definition from Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary followed by a modern adjustment. Miscellany on Wednesday and storytelling on Saturday.
Friday, September 07, 2007
PASTIME, n. A device for promoting dejection. Gentle exercise for intellectual debility.
passtime - Shown on a clock that runs backward.
Pastime: None, moreso than baseball, passes more time with less actual doing.
Hmmm. Somebody here need a blogcation? Or don't they make employees the way they used to? ;)
It's past time to be first here.
Time passes faster and faster as you age.
Well under your definition, I am back to my pastime today. I think I need to work on a new one.
"One of America's great national pastimes is cutting the grass"
I'll let you fill in the next line as I'm not sure if it would be considered PG.
this place is a fine one
pastime n. resume writing; job hunting; cussing (not necessarily in that order)
before I answer I just need to post this...I'm 8th.
And is still right, twice a day, Poobah.
Al, any sport Terry Pendleton and David Wells could get paid millions to play is alright in my book, too.
Amoeba, the only vacation that makes grouchy bosses gentle is the last, long one.
TLP, I know. Seems like years since you left that comment.
G, did have to do with sandals of brass?
Thanks, Karma. Keep me in your hobby book.
Quilly, here's free advice: The cussing goes at the screen, not the keyboard, when you're writing a resumé.
Cooper, if anyone asks me how to prepare to start a blog, my advice will be: Get fat first. You ok, though?
Pastime: Well, that's better than 'passed time'
Pastime: Why don't they say 'pass-time?"
Pastime: For sure it helps to pass the time away! But is that good?
Pastime: Rhymes with class time.
"I think we all need to get another pastime, this one is ruining our lives and in my case will one day will be the cause of a very large ass." (Cooper)
what's left to say?
Pastime: to while away the hours, contemplating flowers... blogs, and/or our own very large asses. ; )
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Pastime: Something that happened before now.
Your response comment yesterday brought back a funny memory. Years ago, a skit was done in our church. The setting was a wedding. Here's how the dialogue went:
Minister: For richer or for poorer.
Minister: In sickness or in health.
It was as if the minister was offering the bride choices. It may not seem funny reading it here, but it was quite humorous at the time.
Pas Time: Whatever happened before time began.
Pas Time: Time for ballet.
Jim, I want to spell it pass-time, too. It also rhymes with last spine, bass rhyme and class mime. I have to remember class mime. I bet someone will one day make a good joke out of that.
Ariel, "What's left to say?" What can I add?
Neva, those are fine examples. Contemplating flowers is also a good way to make honey, if that's your trade.
Hi, Mike. There is no person behind the blog. But, welcome.
Jamie Dawn, that was funny. I wish more people knew there's that kind of humor in church. I also wish there was more of it. I'm not good at pious disapproval. Kind of kept me out of seminary.
Nessa, Pas time is a pun I hadn't thought of. Good first position.
loving Nessa's clever play on words. ; )
Faux Pas-time: taking the wrong vacation?
I'm so sad that blogging has become my pastime... *sigh*
Pass-time? I thought it was a contraction of pause-time.
Pastime: Those activites that pause all brain functions related to time.
This is how you end up staring at a computer at 2:30am when you intended to go to bed early.
This made me think of my students who got confused among "pastime," "passed time," and "past time." Ironically, most things referred to as "pastimes" seem passe (don't know how to do accent aigu on the comments), and therefore "past," such as jigsaw puzzles, reading and perhaps even baseball.
Neva, happens all the time, doesn't it?
Aral, we're happy when you're nostalgic.
Icy, you need a game boy.
Morgan, I can't remember the last time I saw 2:30. My pause must be stuck.
Weirsdo, at 19 I'm not sure I knew the difference either. On your Mac, you do the accent aigu by holding down "option" and hitting "e" before typing the accented letter. I never have found the accents grave or circonflex but, luckily, don't speak French.
Pastime: Sister of Padme, former Queen of Naboo and wife of the infamous Darth Vader.
OE, now I know who got the good lines.
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