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Your afternoon coffeeee.

87935a40efcb97feThe curmudgeon with whom I share office space looked at me quizzically and asked, “Would you call someone who gave you a coffee a coffer?” I pondered for a moment and replied, “No, Ian. I would call the person who gave the coffee a coffeeor and me a coffeeee.“

Scrabble-minded, Ian’s eyes lit up. He said, “If the coffeeor recruited someone to find coffeeees for him, that would make him the coffeeeeee to the finder who would be the coffeeeeor. Eeyore, invoked, we were happily making asses of ourselves.

These deliberations might be right, though playing with the suffix -ee is not original .

In their medieval origins, according to Michael Quinion, the

two suffixes -or and -ee formed a pair; the first indicating the person initiating the action, the second the one receiving it.

Our usage appears correct. Correct does not mean proper, however, regardless of how “irresistibly droll” we find it to be. This said, Quinion’s observation that -ee suffixes uses are “often unattractive as well as illogical or confusing” does not stop Ian and I from feeling pride that we made a proper word that ends with four consecutive -es.

What types, and examples, of word play light you up?

Please be the Digger so we can be the Diggee then you can be the Tweeter so we can be the Tweetee!!!  Or maybe we should make Steven be the Tweetee!!!

(dkat was here)

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46 Responses

  1. LOL, well first off, it’s not called coffee around here, it’s our life blood, it is the holy grail, it is the substance from whence all blessings flow.

    Yes, I love word games. At the moment I’m wondering about doofuses or doofi? Doofi may not quite be proper, but I’m liking it. It sounds like an alien race from a distant planet.

  2. My cats are the purrors and I am the purree.

  3. I like this site about misheard lyrics – and there are some doozies!

    1) Robert Palmer
    Addicted To Love
    Might as well face it, you’re a d**k with a glove.


  4. I have to admit that I have a soft spot for really bad and protracted puns.

    Oh, and I also sometimes find myself compulsively creating anagrams. For instance, Stephen Mather could be “Panther’s Theme” or “The Ham Serpent”.

    But you probably knew that.

  5. I,

    No. I did not know that and it’s good fun.

    The latter anagram reminded me of the following Andy Rooney piece on the excellence of women over 40.

    60 Minutes Correspondent Andy Rooney (CBS)

    As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

    A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, ‘What are you thinking?’ She doesn’t care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it’s usually more interesting. Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it. Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated. Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

    For all those men who say, ‘Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?’, here’s an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!


  6. Is this an open thread? Are they all? I’m never sure. Just found this item.

    In the category of Bush III, look at the standard Gibbs is using to defend O (& FYI Gibbs: we DID complain about Bush’s constant vacations…):

    Another break for Obama
    Burton defends new vacation

    After a mid-August trip to America’s national parks and a weeklong vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama plans… to take a little more time away from the office next week.

    On Monday, Burton pointed to former President George W. Bush’s vacation habits to defend scattered criticism of Obama’s August schedule.

    “As I recall, the previous president [took] quite a bit of vacation himself, and I don’t think anyone bemoaned that,” Burton said.


    • Burton didn’t really say that, did he? Too funny!

    • http://www.newsweek.com/id/213949?from=rss

      Look at the difference.

      When I was working companies could fire you for absenteeism.
      Why can’t we fire backtrack?



      • hk,

        It can be done, but it requires just cause, and it’s lacking.

        Then again, consider what was done against Bill. Just cause might not be necessary, but who would want to be Starr-like. Not I.

        With GW, there was just cause and it was nixed, wrongly IMO.


    • oops–I meant Burton, not Gibbs. Different mouthpiece, same b.s.

      • To be fair, Burton does work for Obama, if he’s anything like his boss he probably hasn’t read a newspaper since his junior high current events project. Expecting him to know what he’s talking about is really unfair.

    • Well it’s not like he’s doing anything.

      • That’s true. His lackeys are doing all the work. Besides photo-ops, what does he do??? Pictures of his office, always show a clear desk.

        Afterall, next week is Labor Day weekend and he needs a break from all the labor that he doesn’t do.

  7. Has anyone heard from SM77?



  8. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8224565.stm

    This is a kid I would not want to play word games with.
    He would make me like really stupid.



  9. How come there is no such thing as a masturbatee?

    • myiq,

      That’s a personnel question.


    • 😯 SHOCK 😯

    • it’s like the holy trinity, you’re the kumer, the kummee, and the kumed … oh and it also proves you can be good at multitasking … especially if you’re me

    • There is if you are
      the 3 faces of Eve.

    • Because in that case, you are both the “ee” and the “or”, which gets you back to Steven’s Eeyore drollery. In keeping with the general merriment, I can’t resist quoting the residents of the hundred acre wood in this context:

      “So it does!” said Pooh. “It goes in!”
      “So it does!” said Piglet. “And it comes out!”
      “Doesn’t it?” said Eeyore. “It goes in and out like anything.”

      There, that’s my badness for the day. :p

      • w,

        Naught ee er, but naughty nonetheless. That contrarian clown initiated this mess.


  10. http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1918954,00.html

    This should be interesting to watch. Might be an indicator of 2010 and 2012.



  11. A Liberal Plot to Deny Health Care to Republicans, RNC Health Care Survey Says: http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2009/08/liberal-plot-to-deny-health-care-to.html

    “They’re Coming To Take Me Away”
    Remember when you ran away and I got on my knees and begged you not to leave because I’d go berzerk?
    Well, you left me anyhow and the days got worse and worse and now you see I’ve gone completely out of my mind.

    And They’re coming to take me away Ha Ha
    They’re coming to take me away ho ho he he ha ha
    to the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time, and I’ll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats
    and they’re coming to take me away ha ha

    • Gee Me O MY what will they scare them with next?!?

      ‘Death Panels’
      ‘Death Books’
      and NOW Democrats denying them care, by tracking their voting records? Lordy, Lordy, Lordy…. it is soooo out there, that it is getting scary! They are not going to be happy until someone gets hurt and then they are going to look around and look busy to see who lit the match. Honestly they really need adult supervision.

      • WV,

        ‘Death Panels’
        ‘Death Books’

        Are the Republicans going Goth?


      • I just chatted with Raymond Denny, the 64-year-old La Center, Wash., man who received the RNC’s “2009 Future of American Health Survey,” which alleged that President Obama’s health reform plans might discriminate against Republicans. Here’s the survey question:

        The letter with the SCARE PEOPLE SURVEY is signed by:
        Michael Steele
        Chairman, Republican National Committee

        • WV,

          It’s amazing where you can go, when you ‘re willing to do anything to get there. In front of Solomon, they would choose to divide the infant in two.


          • Too shocking to think about, but they do seem bent on inciting someone out there that will believe this meme. The whole thing is very sad.

        • I wonder about this and the source. A couple of weeks ago, I was listening to talk radio. The conversation was about how invasive this program will be –med records online and access to IRS info. It sounded like a casual comment to me, but someone said that with all that info at their finger tips how easy it would be to discriminate against certain people. Someone rattled off a short list and it included political party. It may be a coincidence but it sounds like someone picked up on that comment and ran with it.

          • The fact that Michael Steele offered up an apology should tell you, they are playing on folks fears. A Public Option will stop the insurance companies from discriminating on those with pre-existing conditions and electronic medical records may well save your life and stream line your care.

  12. My apology if this has been posted….

    Lies of Mass Destruction
    The same skewed thinking that supports a Saddam-9/11 link explains the power of health-care myths.

    Aug 25, 2009

    ……..Some people form and cling to false beliefs about health-care reform (or Obama’s citizenship) despite overwhelming evidence thanks to a mental phenomenon called motivated reasoning,


  13. http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?RsrcID=2101

    Due to Chris Matthews latest comment about the last Kennedy Brother , he is now the all time winner of this award.



    • hk,

      He likes the Camelot thing. In doing so, he’s unaware that he looks about this serious.

      It’s hard not to get the heebee jeebees, seeing the Coulteresque-types in that eyeblast vid.


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