Tuesday, April 15, 2008


PROJECTILE, n. The final arbiter in international disputes. Formerly these disputes were settled by physical contact of the disputants, with such simple arguments as the rudimentary logic of the times could supply — the sword, the spear, and so forth. With the growth of prudence in military affairs the projectile came more and more into favor, and is now held in high esteem by the most courageous. Its capital defect is that it requires personal attendance at the point of propulsion.

2008 Update:  An moving witness. 


Anonymous said...

CONJECTILE, n. An impenetrable rebuttal.

Well! If it's not a word, it should be, Congressman. Especially if it allow one to be first.

tsduff said...

Projectile - The term used by my Mother when describing (ad nauseam) the style of upchucking practiced by my brother.

Tom & Icy said...

Only humans make inanimate things fly through the air.

G said...

I'm not quite ready to read this word yet, what with Tali's virus still fresh in my memory.

Anonymous said...

I was going to make a play on vomit comment but in honor of G....It's just in the past 20 years that's the only meaning I have heard. I know there are others :)

Ariel the Thief said...

I don't think "An moving witness." can be beaten. Maybe edited, though. :-P

TLP said...

LOL Ariel...and amen.

Projectile: About the only project that "W" hasn't used for the war. I guess when we start throwing used shower tiles at the "enemy" he'll call it Project Tile. Operation Tile sounds silly. Oh. Wait. They all sound silly.

G you could say "surge" vomit, no?

Doug The Una said...

Amoeba, I don't believe believe that conjectiles exist, nonetheless I expect experimental scientists to discover them.

Terry, do you want to retell that story so it's true?

Birds, too, Icy. It's a biped thing. You wouldn't understand.

G, take the rest of the day off.

Pia, feel free to use "ballistic" instead.

Ariel, you are too sharp. Of course, if I make the correction you'll look foolish.

True, TLP. The previous president used projectiles to the exclusion of all else.

Jamie Dawn said...

It's already been mentioned, but PROJECTILE vomiting is all that comes to mind. As a youn'en, Taylor had a hair-trigger vomit switch. I'm glad that part of him has been outgrown.

Ariel the Thief said...

"Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish."

Albert Einstein


Anonymous said...

projectile - An electronic wall tile capable of projecting an image. Generally considered to be as useless as an electronic picture frame or texting.

Anonymous said...

Doug, I reckon, since 2002, around 5,000 American military personnel (not to mention the insignificant hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans etc.) are past wishing that the things had already been invented and deployed. Right, TLP?

Doug The Una said...

JD, he'll be glad when that part of your memory is outgrown, I wager.

I know, Ariel, but you're bringing down the average.

Poobah, we'll be buying those next.

Amoeba, do you recognize the paraphrase, though? There's a terrific quote, the source and exact wording of which I've forgotten but I hoped you'd recognize it. It went something like I don't believe that neutrinos exist, but I nonetheless expect experimental physicists to discover them.

Anonymous said...

I can't think of the word projectile without thinking of pea soup. And revolving heads. And then changing the channel.

Anonymous said...


speaking of vomiting, my sister will. All you have to do is say, "Vomit." It's best not to say it when standing too close.

Anonymous said...

Doctor Bob!! hahahaha, actonbell... I use him as an example of how to properly hurl while racing. Good Dartmouth man be Dr. Bob. He disappeared off the face of the earth after running that marathon; probably has a busy medical practice in the wilds of minny soda.

project tile (thanks for almost taking it away, tlp): the act of cleaning the shower of soap scum and other crud.

conjectile: what cheney & co. pulled on the american people prior to the invasion of Iraq.


Cooper said...

conjectile - projectile

A narrow walkway of varied length where one goes to make a plan on how to hurl with force and object of any kind.

projectile - Again, a narrow walkway where one goes to do the hurling.

Commoners may be more familiar with the real English version of these words.

conject-aisle and project-aisle.

I'm sorry I've been in Mexico it's the best I can do.

Didn't vomit once.

Anonymous said...

That quote has a ring of familiarity to it, Doug, but I can't find it anywhere. Another of my many failings.

Elbot said...

Oops. Did one of my arms fly off again?

Doug The Una said...

Well said, Jenn. Who will make the traumatic movies for this generation?

Actonbell, the name was in the article. Truly heroic.

Quilly, that is really good to know. Does she live near me?

Wow, Sauerkraut, you have the whole biography down. "Um, no, Dr. Bob. I said 'hurdle,'"

Bien hechado, seƱorita La Coop!

Amoeba, I couldn't either. Odd that there is no "wit and wisdom of theoretical physicists" site.

Elbot, I think you might have a loose screw.

Ariel the Thief said...

Doug, hot-air balloons need sandbags to keep them from raising too fast!