Friday, January 25, 2008


LORE, n. Learning — particularly that sort which is not derived from a regular course of instruction but comes of the reading of occult books, or by nature. This latter is commonly designated as folk-lore and embraces popularly myths and superstitions. In Baring-Gould's Curious Myths of the Middle Ages the reader will find many of these traced backward, through various peoples on converging lines, toward a common origin in remote antiquity. Among these are the fables of "Teddy the Giant Killer," "The Sleeping John Sharp Williams," "Little Red Riding Hood and the Sugar Trust," "Beauty and the Brisbane," "The Seven Aldermen of Ephesus," "Rip Van Fairbanks," and so forth. The fable with Goethe so affectingly relates under the title of "The Erl-King" was known two thousand years ago in Greece as "The Demos and the Infant Industry." One of the most general and ancient of these myths is that Arabian tale of "Ali Baba and the Forty Rockefellers."

2008 Update: The expanding canon of ancient wisdom and old jokes with 2008 updates.


Unknown said...

its good to learn from No.l

Anonymous said...

Lore: there's smart dawg around :) Who would be the only person aside from me to point out Mark Twain had been dead some years before Catcher in the Rye was written

That got to me as lore is only good with an educated populace with some basic understanding of both history and literature

Anonymous said...


A good story is often more believable -- and entertaining -- than the truth.

Ariel the Thief said...

Mark Twain is dead?!!

tsduff said...

Ariel - Rumors of his death have been GREATLY exaggerated...brilliant.

Doug - Will we be hearing about Ali Baba and the Forty Rockefellers soon in the Shahrazade's Wedding series?

Mutha said...

Lore: Everything that happened before I was born.

Anonymous said...

Lore: the ancient tomes of knowledge, dusted off every four years. Polling numbers all the way back to the cherry tree.

Jamie Dawn said...

I don't git the meanin' of all these high falutant definitions.

LORE means to bring somethin' down.

For example, I asked Bubba to move the whiskey to a LORE shelf so's I could reach it.
Another example, I hope they LORE gas prices so's I can afford to buy a new shotgun.

LORE is also used to describe that someone is shorter than someone else.
For example, I am LORE to the ground than Bubba is.

Anonymous said...

Lore: that which grows bigger, better and/or more impressive with time and/or good storytelling.

tsduff said...

LORE: the fish that got away

Jim said...

Lore: Rymes with moore

Lore: Fold-lore [?? :-)]
-- Jules et Jim (1962)
-- Joyce and Jim Lavene
-- Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Too --
-- Lily and Jim [Film (1997), "a hopeless blind date goes from very bad to much worse"] --

All on the first page of Google, "and jim"

Doug The Una said...

Y'all, apologies. I'll answer these comments Saturday night, Insha'llah.

Anonymous said...

Doug does have a life! I knew it!

Doug The Una said...

Karma, better to teach no. 1.

Context matters, doesn't it, Pia?

Quilly, excellent with acronym. Fits beautifully.

Ariel, the rumor is true at last.

Actually, Terry, Ali and Kassim are named after Ali Baba and his brother. I suppose Leili could be a Rockefeller.

Mutha, fiction, then?

Brian, I can not tell a lie, but I can give you a statistic.

Right, JD. And far is what you cook over.

And reaches its peak in the Disney version, Neva.

Always, Terry.

Jim, it's gnna take you awhile to meet all your Googlegangers.

Quilly, even if its celebrating death. I was at a funeral.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. I am so sorry to hear that. I thought you might actually be out having -- pardon my language -- fun.

Doug The Una said...

Well, seeing people I haven't seen in awhile was fun. The circumstances could have been cheerier, though, its true.

Ariel the Thief said...

Doug, I'm sorry to hear! Who have you lost? And the sound of the wings of the golden eagles must have been beautiful indeed. Something one never forgets.

Doug The Una said...

Oh, Ariel, I probably shouldn't have said anything but irony is my mistress and a stubborn one. It was no one I knew very well, but a thirteen year-old boy who, so far as I know, never took a step on his own or spoke a word but who many people will remember for a long time.

Ariel the Thief said...

Irony is your weapon and worst enemy. What made the boy unforgettable?

Doug The Una said...

You know, Ariel, it's kind of an extraordinary thing. I don't know that he could voluntarily move any muscles but those in his face, he couldn't speak but he had a real presence. That and his father almost constantly did exercises with him, bending his knee then his elbow, etc. so that if he took over part of his body it would be ready. At the funeral I learned he learned to use a computer so he must have won more of his body before he let it go.

Ariel the Thief said...

He was a lucky boy. Or if you call that blessed. I feel the pain his parents and those knew him go through.

Doug The Una said...

I think they'd appreciate that, Ariel.

Anonymous said...

I dont see it so I is gonna sing it...

oh, lore wont you buy me a mercedes benz. ...


(you can blame quilly and cooper cuz I followed them here)

Hobbes said...

Dick and the Bush stalk?

The Wizard of Enron?

The Borrowers at D. C.?