Jun 20, 2006

Rapid Rhetoric: TARRADIDDLE

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This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

tarradiddle - n. 1. petty falsehood, lie, or fib. 2. Silly or pretentious speech or writing.

The etymology of the word is murky, but it began to pop up in British literature in the 18th century.

Today's word was passed along by Mac at MacDonald's Animal Farm, an acerbic political cartoon site. He suggested the use of the word to describe the writings of Ann Coulter.

7 comments:

Kate said...

I'm going to use this one. Once again, like to get my two cents worth in. Not too many things I am well qualified to comment on. Ann Coulter is one of those things, however.

She's a vicious and mean spirited woman. She's obviously stirring up controversy by taking advantage of some very painful rifts that have threatened to tear Americans apart.

Nice job. As for the 'Christian' part of her Annspeak? Doesn't compute. Her actions are diametrically oppositional with the teachings of Christ. In every way.

Please don't anyone consider this woman as a speaker for anyone other than her banker.

michael the tubthumper said...

thats funny, i hadn't heard of tarradiddle but now that i have i think i would still prefer to say

"completely murderous calculating maniac who is a complete fucking waste of ozone"

Hooda Thunkit said...

Perhaps it's a perception thing ;-)

Ann Coulter -0.5 on the hm

Now, if you're the kind that likes bones...

historymike said...

Agreed, Kate. I am not sure exactly who Coulter speaks for, but at least a few people buy her books.

historymike said...

(a hollow laugh for Michael the Tubthumper)

historymike said...

Agreed, Hooda, that Coulter lacks appeal. The quasi-anorexic look never worked for me.

M A F said...

Mike, I hoped that you would enjoy tarradiddle, but I didn't expect it to become a part of your regularly irregular feature.

Clearly my use of tarradiddle to describe Coulter's comments is not harsh enough.

And as it pertains to her books, I read that whenit comes to the buying of her earliers books I read that she does well because of bulk buying moreso than individual sales. Maybe things have changed.