I don't know, but I am guessing Heather O. doesn't know what "prick" means. Kind of like when people say "schmuck" and "putz", not knowing the etymology. Then again, maybe she is a little less straight-laced than all that. Just wait until the kids find out though, they never let you live that kind of thing down and will be running around the neighborhood calling everyone a "prick".


a random John said... @ November 23, 2005 at 8:54 AM

You forgot to include "dork" in your list.

Susan M said... @ November 23, 2005 at 1:03 PM

I never knew that about schmuck, putz, or dork. The things you learn on LDS blogs!

Anonymous said... @ November 23, 2005 at 1:04 PM

Actually, I think she does know what it means. The term as applied to a person can mean both what you think it means and what she thinks it means. From Dictionary.com:

Vulgar Slang. A penis.
Vulgar Slang. A person regarded as highly unpleasant, especially a male.


Anonymous said... @ November 23, 2005 at 1:16 PM

Okay, I should've checked all your links first. The real problem is that you can't focus solely on etymology to determine the absolute appropriateness of a word. By your reasoning, 'virtue' would be a bad word because, if you go back far enough, it refers to the quality (or virtue) of having a penis.

Not that it's an especially nice word to use, regardless of contextual meaning. Ah well.


Steve EM said... @ November 24, 2005 at 12:40 AM

On come-on guys, dork for putz is an archaic use. But this reminds me of an ancient question: which is worse, a dorkish geek or a geekish dork?

Susan M said... @ November 24, 2005 at 8:25 AM

I think we all qualify as both, so we can leave that unanswered.

Stephen said... @ November 25, 2005 at 12:34 PM

After all, to kick against the pricks ...

Heather O. said... @ December 1, 2005 at 1:34 PM
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Heather O. said... @ December 1, 2005 at 1:39 PM

I know what it means. Not a pleasant word, I admit, but I thought it added the appropriate effect of the message I was trying to convey.

And I'm defending myself to you, a person using the word "snark" as an indentfying term,um,why?

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