Ecclesiastes 3:5

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Ecclesiastes 3:5

Postby brogine » Sun Dec 05, 2021 2:40 pm

Serendipity via The Three Stooges . . .

Professor: “May I introduce my three protégés . . . Mrs. Gotrocks”

Larry: “Delighted”

Moe: “Devastated”

Curly: “Dilapidated”

Hmm, ‘dilapidated’, ‘lapidary’ . . . . Indeed, etymological kin!

Similarly, hearing ‘old-fashioned’ recently on the radio, I sez to myself, I sez, “Fashion, facere (fact, faction) . . . .” Again, kinfolk!
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Re: Ecclesiastes 3:5

Postby Slava » Sun Dec 05, 2021 4:37 pm

Did you hear about the firefly that walked backwards into a fan? He was delighted, no end.

Shouldn't dilapidated mean stoned twice?

I admit I don't get the subject line, though. :?:
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Re: Ecclesiastes 3:5

Postby brogine » Sun Dec 05, 2021 7:21 pm

“ . . . a time to cast away stones . . . .”

< di-, dis- asunder + lapidāre to throw stones, < lapid-em stone
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Re: Ecclesiastes 3:5

Postby brogine » Sun Dec 05, 2021 7:26 pm

Oh, also (I think this was on TV), your joke reminds me of this from a letter from Louis Armstrong:

Mary had a little bear.
The bear was very fine.
And everywhere that Mary went,
They saw her bear behind.

Just remembered - the letter was part of a collection about something or other seen on Antiques Roadshow.

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Re: Ecclesiastes 3:5

Postby brogine » Mon Jan 03, 2022 7:13 pm

Vital correction! I thought it might thus be, and I’ve just verified it. From 1935, the referenced opus was one of the earlier ones. At the time, the spelling was ‘Curley’.
Apologies to Stooge-o-philes the world over!

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Re: Ecclesiastes 3:5

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Jan 23, 2022 2:43 pm

Then there was the old one--days of propeller-driven planes--of a woman who backed into the whirling propeller of a plane. Disaster!
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