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, November 09, 2007
PERICARDIUM, n. A sack of membrane covering a multitude of sins.
2007 Update: A sheath installed by providence to defend the sincerity of the ribs.
Is the heart going to be born when the pericardium cracks?
Funny definition, Doug!
pericardium: The body's own goody bag.
actually, after laughing at YOUR definition, and then Ariel and Mutha's hilarious comments, i'm quite sure i have nothing to add. that said, this is one of the more strange terms Bierce felt the need to address. oy. that Ambrose... ; )
so Douglas, what's stuffed inside your sheath?
oczwcv: oh, send your resume to New Zealand
pericardium,n. enclosure around the heart, ensuring it drowns in its own sorrow, and leaves the other organs out of it.
Ariel: ha, ha, funny!!
What in the world are we talking about here???!!!
I barely have the HEART to discuss this further.
A pair of car whazit? And exactly why are we talkin' 'bout these car things? Is it like a fender?
Thanks, ariel. If a heart is a hen, probably. I think so.
Mutha, you're still kind of there in hallowe'enland, aren't you?
Puppy, you are right. You kind of have to wonder what he was thinking.
Coal, Karma. Yours?
Minka, great definition.
Jamie Dawn, the pericardium. Why? What were you thinking of?
More like an airbag, blogmama.
PERI malevolent Persian fairy
UM an expression denoting forgetfulness, hesitation or doubt
PERICARDIUM n. a hesitant guard stationed to protect the human heart that, under high stress circumstances, sometimes forgets who's side it's on.
Water and blood flow mingled down...
Karma? I did that. And they took me. Then they sent me back to the US. Raised the IQ of both places when that happened.
Speaking of IQ. It's words like this one that get your blog a "genius" readability rating, dear Douglas. I just hope that doesn't mean you or one of yours is dealing with heart trouble.
PERICARDIUM, n. Your very own personal World Series of Poker. And you're hoping for high ratings and a long run.
peri...what? : The sheath of a soldier.
Have no idea what this means
Did laugh at your definition
for some strange reason i keep visualizing a Big Bag O' Beatin' Hearts.
but maybe that's just me... ; )
Quilly, the heart always knows which side it's on. The inside.
Terry, another cocktail recipe?
Amoeba, thanks for asking. I think I and mine are immune to heart trouble. Yeah, I think I rate "genius" on Cosmo's test, too.
Mule, I thought that was another soldier.
Pia, I think you mean rent-a-smart-car. Good business model for NYC.
Whoops, sorry Neva. We cross-posted. Pretty sure that's just you. And maybe Mel Brooks.
Perihuh? Only an old fart would post such a word on this weekend eve. May it be a happy one! :)
I just checked back in to see if any other interesting words came into the discussion.
May your weekend be wonderful and may your pericardium do its job well.
The pericardium is a thin double-layered sac which encloses the heart. Fluid is contained within the layers and lubricates the constantly rubbing surfaces.
Pericardium: I never knew that! Of course I never took anatomy and physiology either. A bunch of my kids did, they all make more money than I ever made.
A good pick of words, Doug.
Sar, enjoy your weekend too, young lady.
You too, JD. Have a many truffled weeekend. See you in church.
Caveat Cardium, Indy.
Thanks, Jim. The late Ambrose picked the words. I just post 'em.
My pericardium happens to be a saggy, soggy membrane containing some sort of wrinkled up prune thingy.
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