Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Miscellany

A collection of odds, ends and personals . . .

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From Nadia:

South Africa explained on a shirt

Every once in a while somebody gets it right. This is not yet found in the Oxford dictionary, so it was "Googled" and discovered to be a recently "coined" new word found on T-shirts on eBay. Read this one over slowly and absorb the facts that are within this definition! I love this word and believe that it will become a recognised English word.

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Thanks Nadia.

Looking into it further, I came up with a couple of relevant related items:

An alternative definition of “ineptocracy” is:

A belief that rulers should be chosen for their generally incompetent and ineffectual qualities.

Compare this with the definition in Nadia’s item:

A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers

The Nadia definition has been applied to the occupy protesters. 

It has also been applied to the Obama administration by his detractors. Here is a bumper sticker with yet a third definition:

It has also been said that an inpetocracy often goes hand in hand with thugocracy, the rule of a country or state by a group of thugs.

This has also been applied to Obama:

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Nadia had a busy week, she also sent me the classic parrot and freezer joke, printed below despite the day not being Funny Friday . . . 

Brian received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.

Brian tried hard to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's language.

Finally, Brian was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. Brian shook the parrot by the neck and the parrot got angrier and even more rude.

Brian, in desperation, threw up his hands, then grabbed the bird and stuffed it in the freezer. For a few minute the parrot screamed abuse, then suddenly there was total quiet.

Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, Brian quickly opened the freezer door. The parrot stepped out onto Brian's outstretched arm and said, "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my vulgar and unforgivable behaviour".

Brian was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.

Then the parrot spoke again and said, very softly…..

"May I ask you what the chicken did?"

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