Sunday, October 22, 2006

donde estas the windex?

i have been meaning to write something about this, do a little digging & pasting together of bits to prove that i...? i am right. if you think it is petty to be right, or prove you are right... well, you are wrong. you are wrong, so hard.

i will not go into details (which are petty), but i had the ninny-finger pointed at me for questioning one such australian's use of the word "glasshouse" in the proverb we all know & love as the "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" proverb. now, "glasshouse", in this case? donde estas the sense, people?

let us, you and i, consult the dictionary:
oh, dictionary, reveal to us the many meanings of "glasshouse"

Main Entry: glass┬Ěhouse
Pronunciation: 'glas-"haus
Function: noun
1 : a place where glass is made
2 chiefly British : GREENHOUSE
3 British : a military prison

thank you, dictionary! you are a lovely & informative soul. we love having you.

so let us, you and i, consider.
1. the proverb says "people wholive in glass houses....". one does not live in a factory.
2. i doubt the proverb warns against throwing stones in a building full of plants.
3. i doubt the proverb warns against throwing stones in a military prison. (also inadvisible, though.)

this is rational, but just for an extra punch of "oh baby i am SO right":

origin of the proverb PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULDN'T THROW STONES - "Those who are vulnerable should not attack others. The proverb has been traced back to Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde' (1385). George Herbert wrote in 1651: 'Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.' This saying is first cited in the United States in 'William & Mary College Quarterly' (1710). Twenty-six later Benjamin Franklin wrote, 'Don't throw stones at your neighbors', if your own windows are glass.' 'To live in a glass house' is used as a figure of speech referring to vulnerability." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" (1996) by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).


lesson for the day: botany & proverbs do not mix.

3 Comments:

Blogger apk01004 said...

I always thought the proverb was, people who are currently inside glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

I think if you just live in a glass house, you should feel free to throw stones (outside of it) as long as you make sure to kill on the first shot.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Idoru said...

You sure are vengeful. Like a vengeance demon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What does O Great Dictionary say about not-so-sexy glasshouses?

9:49 PM  
Blogger echolalias said...

dude, what can i say? i hate inaccuracy. when i think people are wrong, it is a thorn in my side, 'til the end.

it is just who i be.

2:48 AM  

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