Tuesday, October 16, 2007


RADICALISM, n.  The conservatism of to-morrow injected into the affairs of to-day.

2007 Update:  Ideology in an igneous id.


Anonymous said...

oooh, rad... especially since I'M first!

Minka said...

radicalism,n. when logic takes a vacation and returns to find that it is hard to eat from a table with two legs

Hobbes said...

Rudeness shallowly rooted in politics.

Anonymous said...

Radical: the systemic buck starts there...

I Dive At Night said...

The first recorded usage of the suffix ism as a separate word in its own right was in 1680. By the nineteenth century it was being used by Thomas Carlyle to signify a pre-packaged ideology.

In chemistry, radicals (often referred to as free radicals) are atomic or molecular species with unpaired electrons on an otherwise open shell configuration.

Radicalism: The ideology that open shell configurations are desirable?

G said...

Your mama wears combat boots...or at least your ideology.

Such reasoned and witty responses ahead of me and I'm only #6.

Anonymous said...

RADICALISM n. moving to paradise and getting a job which requires rolling from bed at 5:30 a.m., wearing shoes all day and competing with 4 year-olds for floor space and peaches! Is it June yet?

Anonymous said...

Is an igneous id any relation to a vermicious knid?

In Latin, radix means "root", from which we get radish. Hence, RADICALISM, n.:

1. An obsessive form of vegetarianism, fixated on radishes, carrots, parsnips, etc.

2. An obsession with getting to the root of a problem, commonly with a torch.

3. An obsession with copulation (from the use of the verb "to root" in the vernacular of the Queen's English).

Thanks to definition 3, I cannot, will not, sing Take Me Out To The Ball Game. Ever again. Go ahead. Call me a radical.

Jamie Dawn said...

I must say that Bierce's definition is quite brilliant... very, very insightful.
Of course, yours wasn't bad either.

radicalism: women who don't shave their armpits or legs, and men who ask for directions.

Sar said...

To witness radicalism, one need look no further than Iraq. (see pissing on the Koran).

Nessa said...

Radicalism: Exhibited by teenagers and crazy people.

Nessa said...

Radicalism: Thinking different than me.

Doug said...

Rad is when the wind's at your back. Radical is when you blow back.

Haha, Minka. Or when you light a torch run frantically about the village looking for marshmallows.

Hobbes, I agree. Once upon a time, I took my code from Matthew 25. Now it's "try not to be a moron."

Neigh, Neva.

Morgan, you've been doing IT for the BBC, haven't you?

g, you're right. Radicalism is a yo' mama joke gone to college.

Quilly, when it is you'll be five.

Amoeba, I asked myself the same question. I'll try to find out in the elevator. I love definition #2.

Jamie Dawn, you're right. If you want to repress the radicals, a mapbook and deodorant goes a long way.

Sar, that's something I'd as soon not see.

Then what's madness, Nessa?

Actonbell, nice.

Anonymous said...

sar wins.

igneous id? Love that piece.

Jim said...

Radicalism: Rhymes with rascalism and slightly related.

Rascalism: Most recently associated with Tom Delay and the similar ilkes.

The OE said...

Radicalism: A situation or condition when neurons in someone's brain reacted so violently to a political doctrine that they exploded and the person dropped dead. Similar to aneurysm.

Doug said...

Thanks, Cooper. Sounds smart, don't it?

Jim, Radicalism, rascalism and vascular schism.

A Secret Agent's breakfast, eh?