2.03.2006

When the word fellatio becomes an adjective...

This is kind of a weird thing to be first post in a while, but... I couldn't resist. Plus, I needed something to get me doing this again.

So some background: Andrew Sullivan, a blogger/columnist sort that Andrew (from this blog) and I dig, described a biography on Bush by a conservative pundit named Fred Barnes as, "Fred Barnes' fellatial biography of Bush."

Let's ruminate on that one for a second, "Fred Barnes' fellatial biography of Bush"...

Wow. Leaving aside the accuracy of that brief description, that is a pretty kick ass one-word takedown. I'll leave the full analysis to one Arnold Zwicky at Language Log, from a post called "The vocabulary of toadying". Needless to say, it's an extremely comprehensive and thoughtful post on the use and meaning of the word fellatial. Which, I'm sure, has something to do with why I laughed so damn hard while reading it.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

That is a good word. I suppose it’s only fair that when you’re gay you get the jokes. However I doubt post FMA Sullivan would have a favorable opinion of anyone from the Wall Street Journal editorial page applying that word in a similar fashion. Though, Fred Barnes is an ideal target for it. I also have a hard time taking him seriously, and he’s one of the main reasons I very rarely read the WeeklyStandard. His analysis on Fox News is also pretty hackish. If Bush proposed that everyone be forced to have “Jesus Saves” tattooed their foreheads Fred would probably argue that the obstructionist democrats are just jealous they didn’t think of it first. William Kristol needs to yank back his coattails.