Wow, the OTT is just burbling with discussion and general awesomefulness todip! Loved the dobule dactyls, and hi, DrSamCarter!
mikrit wrote:Ah. The construction "<some word> shm-<some word>" is an American idiom, I think, possibly originating in Yiddish. Although HES is British, I believe.
Anyway: when someone claims something, using <some word>, and you disagree, distrust, or think it is irrelevant, you can reply with "<some word> shm-<some word>. I guess it is not so polite, but not directly rude either. (I think, but why should you trust a Swede on this?)
You would usually remove leading consonants of <some word> before adding shm-.
So, for example:
- General Custer, sir, these Indians may be elite warriors.
- Warriors shmarriors!
- To be or not to be, that is the question.
- Question shmestion, just avenge your father already.
So, HES agreed that if water was ejected through a breach in a dam wall, then it ought to appear turbulent rather than laminar. (I kind of assume that laminar flow is the opposite of turbulent). But then, he wrote "laminar, shmaminar", which I interpreted as "we cannot expect to see realistic laminar flow in a black-and-white 2D stickman cartoon". So, I nitpicked on that, reasoning: surely he meant that we cannot expect to see realistic turbulent flow. Hence, he should have written "turbulent, shmurbulent".
My main reason for nitpicking was to get the chance to use the word "shmurbulent". It is funny word in my eyes.
Hm, and then the double dactyl poem gave us the word "burbulent", which is nice because it rhymes. Whether it means something or alludes to something else, I don't know. But I was thinking: this is a berm (unless it is a tower), so the word should be "bermulent". So that was just my lame attempt at making a p*n (so lame that it sneaked under the punsaw radar).
So, "shmurbulent" and "burbulent" and "bermulent" is not old established OTTish, but new OTTish being born, perhaps.
Much :azuling: here. I did appreciate "bermulent" when I saw it. I'm not totally sure that's a pun, but just in case:
I'd be curious to know in whose eyes "shmurbulent" is NOT a funny word.
I had not heard of "Cromulent" before. I shall have to start using it.
Also, honey is supposedly a natural antibiotic, so The Little Wonder should be just fine.
I have a rehearsal tonight that involves a rather tricky piece for marimba. I should practice. Practice shmactice.But really, I have to go and practice.