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NIMROD

Postby Dr. Goodword » Fri Sep 23, 2005 9:57 pm

• nimrod •

Pronunciation: nim-rahd • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: A great or mighty hunter, someone who loves hunting.

Notes: Today's word does not mean a silly or stupid person, a wide-spread misunderstanding emanating from Bugs Bunny cartoons. Bugs is wont to refer to his sometime nemesis, Elmer Fudd, as "poor little Nimrod” when Elmer is hunting him. Since Elmer is not 'vewy bwight', many have taken nimrod to mean a silly person.

In Play: Today's Good Word is an antique hunting term: "Noah Zarque is a rather dim nimrod who tracks wild animals tenaciously, even though he couldn't hit a barn with a bass fiddle, let alone a rabbit with his old blunderbuss." Did you hear about the guys who called their hunting lodge The Nimrod Club and told their wives it was a literary society? Click here to find out why it worked. (Sorry, guys, if your wives subscribe to our Good Words.)

Word History: The eponym of today's Good Word is Nimrod, a mighty hunter of the Old Testament, king of Shinar and a city dear to all of us, Babel. He was also the great-grandson of the original Noah (not Mr. Zarque). According to Genesis 10:9, Nimrod was a mighty hunter. The name resembles the Hebrew verb nimrodh "let us revolt" but the idea of a hunter suggests that the word comes from ancient Babylonian nimr "leopard" + rod "to subdue." (This word was a suggestion of Luciano Eduardo de Oliveira, a mighty hunter of interesting words who goes by the pseudonym of The Brazilian Dude in the Agora.)
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Postby Brazilian dude » Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:11 pm

(This word was a suggestion of Luciano Eduardo de Oliveira, a mighty hunter of interesting words who goes by the pseudonym of The Brazilian Dude in the Agora.)

Please revoke the spurious article. :)

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Postby M. Henri Day » Sat Sep 24, 2005 8:54 am

Who's a spurious article ?...

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Postby Stargzer » Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:49 pm

Brazilian dude wrote:
(This word was a suggestion of Luciano Eduardo de Oliveira, . . .

Please revoke the spurious article. :)

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Article or preposition?

Oops. A more careful reading discloses The spurious article in the nom de plume.
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Postby gailr » Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:02 am

Perhaps not spurious, after all. The Brazilian Dude (kind of like "the Donald"-?-] differentiates you from all those generic Brazilian dudes that we don't know squat about.
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Postby tcward » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:33 am

That's right, gailr... There's only one BD, as far as we're concerned, and that's our Brazilian Dude.

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Postby tcward » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:35 am

And as for Nimrod, I can't help but think of Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations whenever I hear that name...

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Postby Brazilian dude » Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:00 pm

That's right, gailr... There's only one BD, as far as we're concerned, and that's our Brazilian Dude.

Hahahahaha, he may be Brazilian, but he's our Brazilian and nobody will mess with him.

Hey, Gailr, nice to see you back.

THE Brazilian dude, but it's still spurious

P.S. There's nothing spurious about the de in my name. Actually they say it's a sign of refinement since only upper class and noble families had the de, so you could be talking to royalty here and never knew it.
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Postby KatyBr » Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:25 pm

it's a sign of refinement since only upper class and noble families had the de, so you could be talking to royalty here and never knew it.

but BD, WE always knew wewere talking to royalty

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Postby Stargzer » Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:41 pm

He's in good company without the article. It was The Beatles but it was an unarticled Cream.

[Stargzer undergoes a geezer nostalgia rush.]

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