Skip to comments.Word for the Day, Monday, August 20, 2012-- rantipole
Posted on 08/20/2012 4:47:16 AM PDT by xsmommy
Word For The Day, Monday, 8/20/12
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
rantipole; adj, noun and verb
n. 1. A wild, romping young person. a. 1. Wild; roving; rakish. v. i. 1. To act like a rantipole. She used to rantipole about the house. - Arbuthnot.
Etymology: When in Great Expectations Charles Dickens has Pips ill-tempered older sister refer to him as young Rantipole, his readers would have known it was not a compliment. It actually refer to somebody who is wild, disorderly, rakish, ill-behaved or reckless. At the end of the nineteenth century, Dr E Cobham Brewer, the first editor of the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, remarked that The late Emperor Napoleon III was called Rantipole, for his escapades at Strasbourg and Boulogne. In 1852 I myself saw a man commanded by the police to leave Paris within twenty-four hours for calling his dog Rantipole. Pip and Mrs Havisham, from the 1862 edition of Great Expectations Unlike Dr Brewer, we do not believe that the word derives from the Dutch randten, to be in a state of idiocy or insanity, though it is accepted that the second half is poll, meaning the head. It is now thought the first part is from rant (or possibly the English dialect ranty, riotous or wildly excited) and that the whole is a fanciful creation by some unknown person around 1700. It was equally well known in North America (Noah Webster had the noun and verb in his dictionary of 1806) and it appears in several works by Washington Irving, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: This rantipole hero had for some time singled out the blooming Katrina for the object of his uncouth gallantries, and though his amorous toyings were something like the gentle caresses and endearments of a bear, yet it was whispered that she did not altogether discourage his hopes. Captain Francis Grose noted in his Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811) that to ride rantipole was the same as riding St George. This turns out to be a reference to sex with the woman on top, which Grose notes was "said to be the way to get a bishop".
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The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day.
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The Occupy movement is a group of leftwing rantipoles.
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
No pushing at the door please!
A rantipole is what a horny young girl dances around.
Although I locked my house securely before moving out, the local youts managed to rantipole through it .
enough about your wet dreams, turn in some homework ; )
A+++, yes this word puts me in mind of those roving mobs terrorizing Walmarts and 711s etc.
Guess What? my bro and SIL are moving to Houston! my bro was offered a VP position with his company down there, and after prayerful consideration they have decided to go ahead with it. Two of the kids are still in college in OH, but the oldest is married and living there which will give them a homebase to operate from. So i will prob be visiting at some point in the next year so look out, i’m coming!
A couple of rantiPoles
The Lithuanian runner rantipole and and back as part of his Olympic training.
They give barbarians a bad name.
I hope they like traffic! ;-)
Houston does have a lot of economic activity and you can always move out a little further and find reasonable housing.
They lived in Katy for several years about 20 years ago. Petroleum engineers are always going to cycle through Houston at some point. Also, Melanie, the engineer child, did several co-ops with GE down in Houston over the past two years and they moved her down and back and visited her while she was there. They are pretty conversant with Houston. I told them i was happy to have TX to visit again, but that i really did prefer Dallas to Houston, but i’d make do ; )
Guess not!!! A+++
spoken like a true polack! A+++ and an extra polski +
A+++ love the Lithuanians!
SUV run amok! A+++
If I had to look elsewhere for work for some reason, Houston is probably where I’d end up. Lots of energy-related companies.
I really don't understand how that is supposed to help my chess game.
he’s about 10 yrs out from retirement. hopefully he can stick it out with this company (he worked for a zillion years for Halliburton before moving to his current company which was then bought out by the Houston firm that has offered him this VP slot, not like he’s a gadfly going from job to job LOL!). They didn’t want to live in OH in retirement, and they liked TX while there. my bro has traveled there a lot over the years and knows it well. They may have trouble selling the house in Warren, i doubt real estate is moving fast there.
We have just driven from Wisconsin to California — 3 hard days of 900 miles per day — and I’m not rantipoling around this AM. I can barely open my eyes.
They don’t like snow?
you need to rest up!! A+++
Once you get older, who wants to shovel snow?
not so much that as Warren is just not a booming area. I do feel like i want to say they dang well need to VOTE in OH before they move bc OH needs those two R votes way more than TX does!
No. That’s a Hobbsipole. That would make her a rantipole.
Ive never heard you use lookout as an antecedent to that phrase.....
You know you were just asking for it with your post about hockey players and their dogs? I refrained.
what was i asking for??
No rest for me. Have to sign contracts for Mom into an assisted living center and then take her from rehab to get her hearing aids either adjusted, fixed, or returned. And then we commence the move. All the while, she is kicking and screaming that she doesn’t want to go to assisted living. It’s a lot like dealing with a recalcitrant teen ager. She will by 99 tomorrow. My oldest son will arrive on Thursday to pick up her car for my granddaughter. Lots of schedules to meet. Change the phone. Set up the apartment. Mover her in. Hope she likes it. Keep smile on face. And it’s 101 degrees here today.
It’s lamentable that you have to deal with the difficulties. my best friend was rather lucky. they moved her mom into assisted living, from her apt in the same complex, at her mother’s request. she was very worried she would fall or something. She turned 90 this past year.
She will BE 99 tomorrow. And we are going to MOVE her in. I am tired!
To God’s ear:
May Barack Insane Obama rantipole like a stripper on a sugar high after his historic 50-state loss on November 6th.
Oh wow! They will love the housing market but hate the heat in the summer. Tell them to find a house with a pool - and if they need any advice on areas to live I will be happy to offer my biased opinion!
My mom DID fall at home in May and broke her leg. Through the miracle of modern medicine, they put a rod in the leg and got her back on her feet. But, her Xrays look like swiss cheese, according to the medical professionals who have seen them. She just cannot live alone any more. She won’t come to Wisconsin, so there is no other choice. We found a wonderful place for her, but she is apprehensive.
Go to http://cottonwoodfresno.com/ for a peek. Everyone who has seen this web site want to know when THEY can move in. Her retirement income plus some savings will cover her there. It’s a win/win situation.
A crude comment.
You asked what was better than hockey players and their dogs.
Maybe something like “beach volleyball players and their felines.”
Oh that’s right - I forgot they used to live in Katy - did I mention to you that I heard one of the big Petroleum firms (like Exxon maybe?) was closing their location in Fairfax and building a 10,000 person office headquarters in north Houston? I was thinking of the influx of folks from your area when that opens
Long time no see! How are you doing?
And we'll be happy to see you, although pick a nice "cool" month to visit. :-)
Hi Rika! Good point - I don’t go outside of the air conditioning unless I have to in the summer! lol
Some on the left love to rantipole
Don’t work, just complain of the scanty dole
Using food stamps for liquor
They rave, shout and snicker
Before crawling back to their shanty hole
We’ve been able to sleep with the windows open most days this past week.
i know exactly where that facility is, it’s 2 miles from my house. we passed it on the way home from church yesterday and i actually mentioned it to xshub. i did not realize they were moving back to Houston. i think my neighbors both work for Exxon, not sure where their ofc is. no for sale sign in front of their house. they are both dr/scientist types.
i’m great, how are you doing? you haven’t been to class in FOREVER!
my SIL and i were reminiscing about the last time we visited them in Katy. it was March, it rained all week, xsboy was 17 mo old and xsteen was 4 1/2, and i went alone, bc xshub was in Australia on business and i couldn’t cope with the idea of 10 days at home alone with them. so i hauled them on the plane and we went down there and when we came back there was 20 inches of snow, and i carried xsboy up the front steps and the nice foreign cabdriver had to carry xsteen up there for me! no one was home to shovel, obviously!