Tuesday, September 22, 2009


PRIMATE, n. The head of a church, especially a State church supported by involuntary contributions. The Primate of England is the Archbishop of Canterbury, an amiable old gentleman, who occupies Lambeth Palace when living and Westminster Abbey when dead. He is commonly dead.

2009 Update: Any of several species which share a strong resemblance to Homo sapiens, such as orangutans, great apes and men.


Ariel the Thief said...

Primate, the loudest. Not you, Pascover. :-P

pia said...

I love "He is commonly dead." What an amazing sentence. No primate can top it.

sauerkraut said...

Steven Jay Gould would love your update.

Henry the VIII-th, not so much.

Jamie Dawn said...

Primate: the effort to get info out of one's mate.

the amoeba said...

PRIMATE, n. The first mate, as the officer on a ship whom most of the seamen consider to be, at best, a monkey's uncle. See also The First Wives Club.

Tom & Icy said...

Icy believes humans evolved from mannequins.

k. riggs gardner said...

T&I ~~ Does Icy believe PANSI!!!! is a freak of nature?

cooper said...

The money the banks devoured, on the way to helping us ruin our economy, via their skanky mortgages, and credit card interest and penalty practices, over the last 10 years.

k. riggs gardner said...

Unbelievable. A skanky prime rate.

I'm impressed cooper coined the phrase. She's brilliant and economically qualified.

Anonymous said...


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Jim said...

I am liking the Primates of England better than those Homo sap iens. When in the Westminster Abbey he will be in a lot better company even if visitors might walk over his grave a bit. Those Homo sap iens are a lonely bunch when they get stuck in with the apes.

Doug The Una said...

Even on Wednesday, Ariel?

I agree, Pia. Good old brother Bierce.

Sauerkraut, it sounds like I'm controversial among giant pandas.

JD, that's what sodium pentathol is for.

Funny, Amoeba. I never did see that, actually.

Icy's probably right. You have to wonder why we didn't retain more personality.

A missing link, probably, Karen.

Actonbell, the secondary mate gets the Brut?

Subprimemate, Coop?

Karen, I'd have Coop for a central banker, if she were interested.

Thanks for making it an even dozen, Bear. That was close!

I think it might be our breath, Jim.