HAH! Not ONLY is Lileks NOT a Journalist

…he is also not a scientist!

No, Hugh, I think you’re absolutely right. And it’s fascinating to me to see how the pride and the chest thumping that went on after Katrina, the media had finally grown their kumquats back, and they were going to stick it to the administration. Now it seems to have been replaced by sort of a muttered coughing and a looking away, and saying oh my.

::sniff:: Here at the Swilling, we walk the walk and talk the anatomically correct talk.
Kumquats. Pffft.

21 Responses to “HAH! Not ONLY is Lileks NOT a Journalist”

  1. Nightfly says:

    It’s the on-air censor he’s talked about. You say kumquats (heuvos, etc.) live on the air. You say gonads at the hockey rink, or at the Swilling… And you say “begonias” at the Hive.

  2. Ken Summers says:

    You can say “kumquat” on the air?
    That’s amazing.

  3. That’s what I would have thought before I learned about squids. I would have lumped ‘gonads’ right up there with huevos, etc. But now that I have been educated and know it’s a scientific term, I think everyone should use it. We’re talking science talk, after all.
    (“begonias?” WTF is that and where did it com…never mind – I most certainly do NOT want to know.)

  4. Ken Summers says:

    And if my memory of college ontogeny serves me after almost 30 years, gonad is not anatomically correct for adults (it refers to the undeveloped precursors to the adult kumquats).

  5. Ken Summers says:

    And whatever fruit is used to euphemistically refer to the female counterparts of said kumquats.

  6. Cullen says:

    Cub reporters? No. Because generally, you know, there’s a lot of investment with these people, because there’s a whols rigmarole you got to go through with social security. I say send in some interns. And if they don’t like it, you know, catapult them in. You know, use some sort of giant bungee cord to actually shoot them in, gather their impressions, and they’ll spring right out, and you can run with that.
    Fruit for female anatomy? Paypaya.

  7. Ken Summers says:

    Why, because you pay and pay?

  8. Ken Summers says:

    That was not a sexist slur, it was a comment on Cullen’s spelling. I just want that noted for the record.

  9. Cullen says:

    Papaya. Grrr. I have had the worst typos today.
    Did you follow the link?

  10. Cullen says:

    I would have been less offended had it been a sexist slur.

  11. Oh ICK, Cullen! How do you know about these things?!
    ‘Sexist’, ‘slur’, or ‘sexist-slur’ have never been used before in a sentence referring to you, Mr. Summers. We’re all aware of that.

  12. Cullen says:

    Oh ICK, Cullen! How do you know about these things?!
    The internet is a wonderful place. It’s amazing what an entirely innocent search on Amazon may bring up. Of course, once parsed, it must be stored away for future reference.

  13. You were looking for Papayas on Amazon? Innocent search, my begonias!

  14. Cullen says:

    Actually, it was from a humorous post at the Douglas Adams Continuum. The poster claimed the innocent Amazon search. I’m paraphrasing him. I have no reason to doubt his veracity.
    Plus, it’s funny.

  15. Mr. Bingley says:

    Cullen, Ken is a PayPlaya, as you well know.

  16. Nightfly says:

    “Begonia” was an in-joke, stemming from that Carnival kerfuffle I had a couple of weeks back. Sorry. (And I certainly was.)

  17. Ken Summers says:

    Yes, I followed the link. I must say, I’m terribly disappointed at the lack of fruit symbolism for female anatomy. I guess we’re stuck with mullusks and assorted mammals.

  18. Secret passwords, magic handshakes, inside jokes and kerfluffles?! I don’t want to be part of any such exclusionary club, so lucky you didn’t ask me. ::sniff::
    As for begonias, do da name Ruby Begonia mean anything to ya?

  19. Ken Summers says:

    Ruby Begonia? Rolling Stones song, I think.

  20. God help me

    It had to be done….

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