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Re: Hysteria

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed May 22, 2013 12:42 pm

Sounds a little hypocri(a?)tical to me. :)
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Re: Hysteria

Postby David McWethy » Wed May 22, 2013 1:14 pm

At the risk of wandering an unacceptable distance off the beaten path delineated by my many betters, I must ask—knowing that the question will provide an appalling confirmation of the extent of my ignorance:

Does there actually exist a book, manuscript, work-in-progress, pamphlet, or collection of thoughts, opinions, and musings known as "The Apocrypha of MTC" ; or is this just a phrase known and occasionally used by the elite--frequently replete with the implication of twinkling eyes and tongues in cheeks?


A search for the work in Wikipedia produces the return “There were no results matching the query” and “The page does not exist”; while Google (which, if one added the middle initial “M.” to my username and did a brief search) would list five of my published offerings out of the first ten hits, but not so much as a scent in the air of "The Apocrypha of MTC” in the context in which it has previously been used.

So is it an inside joke—much like the occasional references I've heard others use to “The words of the Lord to Nahum the Vegemite, in the Book of Adverbs (Chapter 12, Verse 3)”—followed by whatever nonsense the speaker wishes to inject?
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Re: Hysteria

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed May 22, 2013 2:14 pm

I appreciate the reference to the Book of Adverbs. I shall seek to reference it today.

Among our posters is an individual known as MTC. I understanding he is compiling the above mentioned Apocrypha, and many of us eagerly await its publication! Meanwhile some of us have a bit of difficulty enunciating due to tongues sprung from firm placement in our cheeks.
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Re: Hysteria

Postby David McWethy » Wed May 22, 2013 3:15 pm

Perry:

I can certainly empathize with your tongue-impediment problem; many of my younger days, spend in municipal public service, were under the employment supervision of pusillanimous purveyors of public perfidity who--the truth be known--were barely bright enough to dress themselves; keen observers (and especially lowly-but-experienced staff) could always tell when these pustulant little martinets were disseminating: Their lips moved. A few even had to hire others to call their dogs for them.

So in my case, during my 13-year tenure I was effectively rendered mute much of the time because of the extent to which my tongue remained swollen--from biting it.

More than once one of my youthful, rapier-like, incisive remarks that simply would not be denied managed to break past the larynx, bent-for-leather to see the brilliant light of public exposure once it had escaped the mandibles in the home stretch, and when the brain sent an urgent signal to the jaws to clamp shut the tip of my tongue was not always nimble enough to get out of the way.

Yes, I truly sympathize with your plight.
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Re: Hysteria

Postby MTC » Wed May 22, 2013 3:28 pm

For the record (pretty stuffy, huh?) I, MTC, am the author of The Apocrypha of MTC which just as Perry says is an as yet unpublished compilation of writings of various types. Should I be successful in publishing them I will let the Goodwordians know. I tag my posts with The Apocrypha of MTC either when I intend to add the post to The Apocrypha, or when I post tongue-in-cheek, e.g. on hysteria. If there was an "inside" joke about The Apocrypha I hope it is now "outside" in plain view.

Anyway, I still feel Hippocrates got a bum rap on hysteria.
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Re: Hysteria

Postby LukeJavan8 » Wed May 22, 2013 4:30 pm

Perry Lassiter wrote:I appreciate the reference to the Book of Adverbs. I shall seek to reference it today.

Among our posters is an individual known as MTC. I understanding he is compiling the above mentioned Apocrypha, and many of us eagerly await its publication! Meanwhile some of us have a bit of difficulty enunciating due to tongues sprung from firm placement in our cheeks.



Asked before, actually, and I am one eagerly awaiting
its publication.
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Re: Hysteria

Postby misterdoe » Wed May 22, 2013 4:44 pm

Dr. Goodword wrote:I'll bet you never thought of calling reactions at a sports event "hysteria". Yet, it fits the first definition above.

I think when sports fans tear up the field after their team "wins it all," like the New York Mets fans after the 1969 World Series, or when they flip cars and set them on fire, like the Detroit Tigers fans after the 1984 World Series, that counts as sports hysteria. Imagine if the Tigers had lost! :shock:
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