Thursday, March 16, 2006

Only On Message Boards

What did we do for entertainment before the Internet?

Someone posted a very touching question on a message board:

"can u help mi say son of a pregnant dog and other bad wrds this kid is trying to make mi feel bad (sic, sic and sic)

And pat came this noble and shockingly dull response:

"My advice would be to take a holistic view, and instead of reacting in anger, _pray_ for the kid. See the difference it will make in that kid's behavior!"

Did I tell you that this exchange occurred on the forum of an online dictionary site? They have a pretty decent English-Hindi dictionary too. The original poster could have simply looked up the relevant words. And why is the responder/moderator getting into a "Buddhism for the Bullied" lecture?

All he had to say was "garbhavati kutiya ke bete". So it's a harsh, unwieldy phrase and takes too long to roll off the tongue, a real risk during an altercation. It could also lead to another round of forum posting: "wht iz garbhavati?"

At least the kid would have come away with his faith restored in dictionaries and message boards. (Anyone remembers gems like "What is LMAO" on USENET? I know, next you will ask me, "wht iz USENET?")


GhostOfTomJoad said...

Oh, but the question I wanted to ask is: "wht iz LMAO?"

Funny! :-)

km said...

"if you go asking people about eL MAO/you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow" -- The Beatles

scout said...

or rather... the slightly modified version of revolution. cheap trick... but laughin my ass off anyway.

Tabula Rasa said...

Good point. How're you going to make it with your AO? Hmm.

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