1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

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1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby Raidri » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:57 pm UTC

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Title text: They all made fun of Autometalogolex, but someday there will be a problem with Christmas that can only be solved if Santa somehow gets a serious headache, and then they'll see.

As of now Google doesn't find that word; I am curious how long that will last.

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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby Keyman » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:45 pm UTC

As of now, the only references I get are...back to the cartoon, or to various blogs, etc. that repost/refer back to this cartoon.

Autometaxkcd??
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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby sbkp » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:53 pm UTC

Autometalogolex
Had a very useful book
And if you thought, "What's Christmas?"
He's the one who'd have a look

All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Auto
Join in any reindeer games

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say,
"Auto, with your head so clear,
Won't you tell me why I'm here?"
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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby StClair » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:35 pm UTC

The general assumption behind all of those "true meaning of Christmas" stories is that there is one, something spiritual and pure, that has been lost amid all the secular consumerism.

My cynical answer is that is the true meaning, along with "co-opting, re-branding and assimilating pagan Winter Solstice holidays like Yule, Saturnalia, etc into Christianity." That's it.

No one said the truth had to be pretty. In fact, it often isn't.

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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby sbkp » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:44 pm UTC

Raidri wrote:As of now Google doesn't find that word; I am curious how long that will last.


Not long: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define. ... etalogolex

Google's cache of this page as it appeared on Dec 22, 2017 15:54:49 GMT.

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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby Mjb » Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:05 pm UTC

StClair wrote:My cynical answer is that is the true meaning, along with "co-opting, re-branding and assimilating pagan Winter Solstice holidays like Yule, Saturnalia, etc into Christianity." That's it.

That covers two eras. In another case of excellent timing, a short article on several centuries in-between, when the popular interpretation was "get drunk and disorderly".
How Christmas evolved from raucous carnival to domestic holiday

The sincere spiritual was always there - the debate on origins likely stems from a jumble of motives that existed in early Christianity like in any movement. I doubt that the movie lessons reflect it, nor that it would resonate today. Descriptivism vs. prescriptivism, anyone?

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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby richP » Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:54 pm UTC

"it's the most meta time... of the year! With self-referencing iterating the holiday cheer.." (sung to the tune "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year")

So Autometalogolex will be the most (ab)used password for XKCD fans in 2018?

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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby Steve the Pocket » Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:24 pm UTC

Ask your doctor if Autometalogolex is right for you. The most common side effects are headache, delirium, and suddenly needing a good stiff drink.
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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby maxxplank » Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:01 pm UTC

I'm a newbie on this forum and this is my first post. So let me start by saying how awesome this strip is!

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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby Mikeski » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:33 pm UTC

Steve the Pocket wrote:Ask your doctor if Autometalogolex is right for you. The most common side effects are headache, delirium, and suddenly needing a good stiff drink.


"Do not drink alcohol while taking Autometalogolex. Do not take Autometalogolex if you are allergic to recursion, redundancy, or recursion."

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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby Eshru » Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:07 pm UTC

Mikeski wrote:
Steve the Pocket wrote:Ask your doctor if Autometalogolex is right for you. The most common side effects are headache, delirium, and suddenly needing a good stiff drink.


"Do not drink alcohol while taking Autometalogolex. Do not take Autometalogolex if you are allergic to recursion, redundancy, or recursion."

Or repetition or recursion.

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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby Soupspoon » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:00 pm UTC

Soupspoon redundantly wrote:Or recursion
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Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Postby Flumble » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:12 pm UTC

Do not take Autometalogolex when taking Autometalogolex.


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