Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wordfuse (Current Events Edition)

gistory (noun): gist + history = a succinct summary of the main or essential parts of an account of past events; the "reduction sauce" version of history; the "gistory" is what one seeks when one wants to be at least somewhat informed but past events seem overwhelmingly confusing and/or people who tend to be idiots are involved (such as Octomom or Charlie Sheen for example.)


Consider the following gistory of the current situation in Libya: An extremely wealthy dictator with a shady terrorist past and unbelievable hubris, who seems to be unable to choose one spelling for his name (is it Khaddafi or Gaddafi or Qadhafi?!), has vowed to annihilate his impoverish, long-suffering, oppressed fellow countrymen who are seeking and deserve change and freedom. 


See also the following quotation which is quite a clever gistory of history itself: "History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided." ~Konrad Adenauer

22 comments:

Nicole said...

I just channeled you while you were posting this. No shit. I wordfused over at The Defiant Marshmallow.

It's no "gistory," obviously, because that's master level wordfuse.

Alittlesprite said...

True. It's only history because someone stuffed up somewhere.

That Lybian bloke is NUTS!

Antares Cryptos said...

So when are you publishing that dbs dictionary?
Kinda need it.

Alittlesprite said...

Ant says we are supposed to bug you, so I carried him here from my page.. (Geez he's a little hefty...)
Why can't you be a flying ant?

Vinny C said...

Back in my early school days, the teacher said that history itself is based on the opinions of the winners & those in charge. Maybe, with all the media coverage that exist in our time, our descendants will have a wider view of how history played out in out & not one-sided opinions.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Great word! Perfect as well for those abysmally boring people who go on and on giving you every last little detail of a past event -- now I can say "just give me the gistory, okay?" and hopefully make my escape sooner.

paulsifer42 said...

You want a good gistory book? Read, "Dave Berry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States." Probably the funniest book I've ever read.

Windsmoke. said...

When you turn your country's military on it's own people and think your people still love you you're delusional to the highest degree what a disgrace, Mr Gaddafi has gotta go so the Libyan people can be free to live in a democracy :-).

Kev D. said...

Gombrich's "A Little History of the World" is a good look at the gistory of earth.

Antares Cryptos said...

Gistory is written by gistorians.

WV: rogryosk, good name for a child that would go down in the gistory books.

Antares Cryptos said...

Sprite, you weren't specific.

Geek alert: Ants only have wings during mating season.

Missy said...

The Lybia situation is so sad and so dangerous for all of us!

Alittlesprite said...

@Ant So it's good you dont have wings then... :)

Antares Cryptos said...

Sprite, once ants have found their hive queen, their wings fall off :( and they start and slave in their new ant colony.

The "gistory" is that my life is an ongoing science lesson.

Antares Cryptos said...

dbs, I'm currently a procrastiknaving e-book hanging out in your library.

Sarah Walton said...

They used to have this great telco ad in Oz, where a little kid sitting in the back of the car asks his dad why they built the Great Wall of China.
"errr.... To keep the rabbits out....yeah...too many rabbits...there...in China....yeah"
Cut to scene where kid is in class, announcing his talk on the Great Wall of China.
The ad was for broadband Internet. Dbs, there's no excuse for gistory with the Internet...or is there? I wish there was a bullshit scale on google search.

dbs said...

@Nicole I enjoy playing with words with you.
@alittlesprite Yes he is. And good one on your Ant.
@AC I wish! & gistorians--I like it. And thank you for using the library.
@VinnyC Hope so.
@DSWS That works.
@paul Dave Barry is one of my favourites.
@KevD Thanks for that info.
@Missy I agree.
@Sarah That bullshit scale would be very useful indeed. (Yet I suspect it would have to be used on me too!)

Alittlesprite said...

"WEEEEEEEEEEE...!!!!!!!!"
I'm SO EXCITED!!
*flutters round in circles*

p.s Ant, I love your ecology lessons ;) David Attenborough is my hero

Antares Cryptos said...

Sprite, already there.
Get Attenborough's "Amazing rare things", beautiful book.

Antares Cryptos said...

dbs, books=bliss :)

G said...

loved the joke lol

Fred Miller said...

I, too, hope you are really working on a dictionary. That's a fine word.

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