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Foom Foom Foom
Tuesday, 2005 March 29 - 10:28 pm
I am going to change the world.

I'm very fond of the Internet slang word "woot" (or "w00t", if you like). The word has its origins in geekdom, and now it's cropping up all over the place. I think that's great. But eventually, I'm sure eventually we'll get tired of "woot" the same way we're all tired of "LOL". So based on my dream from this past weekend, I've decided I'm going to introduce a new word: "foom". As a verb it means "to brainwash people"; as a noun, it means "information that is spread in order to brainwash people"; and as an exclamation, it means "I am exerting my mind-control influence over you." So all of you: START USING MY WORD. Foom!

Incidentally, I discovered that there's a Christian hymn that starts with this line: "On December twenty five, sing foom, foom, foom!" I find that highly appropriate.

My fear is that the word will become wildly popular but no one will believe that I was the one responsible for spreading it. So it's up to you, Internet, to back me up here.

In other news, my lovely friend Dr. Jen is pregnant. Woot! So now that means she won't be teaching Unix class in the fall. But she's been assured that she can get a similar position whenever she wants, because she has a Ph.D. in a marketable field. She was nice enough to credit me for influencing her to get into computer science instead of literature, back in college. I'm so pleased I had such an effect on her life!

Foom!

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Comment #1 from Scott H (Guest)
2005 Mar 30 - 11:11 pm : #
It seems that if you make 'foom' a verb , then you will have to be able to say something like: "Bob foomed Bill". However, this would violate your long-standing distate for verbing nouns. Juggernauted anybody ?
Comment #2 from Ken (realkato)
2005 Mar 31 - 12:45 am : #
No, it's different when a word is ALREADY both a noun and a verb, like the word "run"; or, when a word is initially defined as a noun, a verb, and an exclamation all at once, like the word "buzz". My problem is when you take something that's CLEARLY just a noun and turn it into a verb.

CALVIN: I like to verb words.
HOBBES: What?
CALVIN: I take nouns and adjectives and use them as verbs. Remember when "access" was a thing? Now it's something you DO. It got verbed.
...
CALVIN: Verbing weirds language.
HOBBES: Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding.

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