April 21, 2005

Blasphemous A Definite Code Word for "Humorless"

Moby Lives has additional leads on the "blasphemous emails" that Dave Eggers was complaining about. In a thread on Radosh, excerpts from The Pearl Files have been posted. Scott McLemee has more.

Posted by DrMabuse at April 21, 2005 10:20 AM

Blasphemy (Greek blaptein, "to injure", and pheme, "reputation") signifies etymologically gross irreverence towards any person or thing worthy of exalted esteem. In this broad sense the term is used by Bacon when in his "Advancement of Learning" he speaks of "blasphemy against learning". St. Paul tells of being blasphemed (I Cor., iv, 13) and the Latin Vulgate employs the word blasphemare to designate abusive language directed either against a people at large (II Kings, xxi, 21; I Par., xx, 7) or against individuals (I Cor., x, 30; Tit., iii, 2).

Posted by: Tom Working at April 21, 2005 11:04 PM

FYI. For those that are unclear on the scope of what it means to say something is "blasphemous." No, no, Evhead. Not "Blast Famous." "Blasphemous."

Posted by: Tom Working at April 21, 2005 11:05 PM

Sorry, I've lost my train of pants. I've REALLY got to stop posting to your weblog's comment feature after I've had copious amnouts of sake and a sorrority's worth of "Nubile Tequila Fannybangers."

Isn't there a filter for this sort of thing?

Posted by: Tom Working at April 21, 2005 11:22 PM

may explain what Dave meant by "blasphemous."

Posted by: Dr. Stekel at April 22, 2005 03:00 PM