Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, November 14, 2013 – mountebank
Posted on 11/14/2013 4:39:32 AM PST by secret garden
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".
mountebank \ˈmau̇n-ti-ˌbaŋk\ noun
1. a person who sells quack medicines from a platform
2. a boastful unscrupulous pretender : charlatan
In the more open spaces, jugglers and mountebanks, usually accompanied by performing animals, went through all sorts of gambols and antics.
Swindlers and mountebanks throng hither, adroit thieves creep stealthily about, all Indian customs and fashions are represented, all castes jostle each other.
Karl Ritter Van Scherzer
Italian montimbanco, from montare to mount + in in, on +banco, banca bench. First Known Use: 1577. Mountebank, pronounced "MOUN-tih-bank," has an interesting origin, in the Italian phrase "monta in banco." It describes a "doctor" who would "mount a bench" in the marketplace. Standing a bit higher than the crowd enabled people to hear his sales pitch and see the potions and powders he claimed were medical cures that never failed claims as bogus as his credentials. A mountebank is a fast-talking crook pretending to be an expert.
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!
Rise and shine! Please let me know if you want to be added or dropped from the ping list and it will be as you wish.
Although actually, this definition:
1. a person who sells quack medicines from a platformpretty obviously makes me think of a certain "if you like what you have you can keep what you have" thief.
Where the Mounte Police keep their money?
Ever heard “Medicine Show” by Big Audio Dynamite?
Covered wagon medicine show
Take you to the place where the healing flows
Weak in spirit we got the juice
won’t save your soul it’ll shine your shoes
Treated king to kangaroo
Santa Fe to Timbuktu
Don’t be fooled by imitation
This is the stuff that cured a nation
We took the tube and the high plains too
Never stopped long just passing through
A drop of the laughter of the maids of France
Makes a hopeless cripple dance
In India we’re all the rave
Discovered that its great as aftershave
Dropped in the sea just off Japan
Swapped 20 bottles for an aqua-walkman
Immunity from ridicule
Improves your brains if you’re a fool
And I read in the Middle East
They traded some for a hostage release
Now if you’re bald it’ll give you hair
If you got straight trousers it’ll give you flares
Feeling up you’ll get depressed
Out of style here’s a brand new dress
The stuff we sell is just the best
Passing all consumer test
Days of heaven nights of sin
Voodoo stick and sharks fin
When all around you seems like hell
Just one sip will make you well
Multipurpose in a jar
If you ain’t ill it’ll fix your car
In days of yore for all bad feelings
Washing socks and stripping ceilings
Nowadays its used medicinally
For all known human malady
the place where Canadian law enforcement officers keep their savings.
excellent and i understood it on the first try before very much coffee was consumed!
The Kenyan-born faker’s a mountebank
But it took five years for the clown to tank
Amidst hubris and lies
Music to my ears: the last sound—a clank!
See, now I would have said that that is where they get new Mounties from whenever they need more.
There can be no other homework, after that.
Keep me on the list, but please explain why EVERY “Word for the Day” brings that montebank, Obama, to mind?
The shootees had previously engaged in a drug-related robbery of the shooter.
You and c-y-c are on the same page today. A+ for you.
Bishop Smackdown delivers!
Unforch, I couldn’t find the song on youtube. It’s pretty funny. They use sound effects from Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns throughout the song.
A+ for you! The minions are being dragged to reality, kicking and screaming all the way.
We had the same problem when the clintonistas were in office. So many words for evil...
Note the drumbeat at the end of every line is actually a laugh.
one of my work friends left for Iceland last night. She’s single, no kids, and a friend wanted someone to go on a trip with her. $800 for airfare and hotel and two excursions, one to a glacier, and another to the hot springs. Of course, there are only 5 hours of daylight at this time of year, but it still sounded cool to me to be able to just up and do something like that.
Glacier? Haven’t they all melted?
Criticism that Chaput had publicly faulted Francis as voicing tolerant views toward homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and artificial contraception, all of which the Catholic Church has long opposed, is “not fair,” he said.
“I was not criticizing the Holy Father,” Chaput said of remarks in June to the National Catholic Reporter.
“What I brought up was that I’m aware there are people who are critical of the Holy Father” for perceived liberalism on some issues, “and that it’s important that he talk to them, too.
“That is the fact,” said the archbishop. “I’ve never been critical of the Holy Father and would never speak ill of him.”
A priest of the Capuchin branch of the Franciscan order, Chaput described as “a great freshness, a great blessing for the church,” Francis’ call for greater care for the poor and openness to those who feel excluded from the church for reasons such as sexual orientation or divorce and remarriage.
I didn’t read it the way you did.
He sounds more like what I said.
oh i don’t think he sounds like what you said at all, considering he is being named as a CRITIC of the new pope. what you quoted there is his CYA, so that he doesn’t come off as sounding insubordinate.
I read the mans words, not those of the headline writer.
Chaput described as "a great freshness, a great blessing for the church," Francis' call for greater care for the poor and openness to those who feel excluded from the church for reasons such as sexual orientation or divorce and remarriage.
Did I somehow read that wrong?
the message has been clear from the git go. Stop helping the media keep people out of the doors of The Church,
New unit set outside, guy is smoking around gas line, not smart and it’s still 50 degrees in here with dog barking. I hope this job is done soon. And that I get some heat in here.
one can applaud his fresh approach and still decry his liberal orientation. i think Chaput has said enough to indicate his unease with the liberal orientation, while welcoming the fresh and dewy openness to the poor and downtrodden.
yikes, what is he THINKING????
Now I have what looks like 2 teenagers working on my gas line. I’m going to stop checking on them because it is not giving me confidence. The other one who asked for a bottle of water because he was under the weather is the smoker. He said he needed to stay hydrated. I thought that was only part of the problem but buttoned my lip.
Bless his heart though, I do love Southern manners. Ma’am, could I trouble you for some water? Not only did I rinse his gatorade jug, but gave him the filtered stuff. His mom raised him right.
that is always nice to hear : )
Ain’t you got a spigot outside for the hose? ;-)
And taught him to learn some skills and get a good job.
would hope she would have turned the water off from inside the house given the freezing and sub freezing temps in the AMs they have had.
There were ice cubes on the end of the hose earlier. It’s 30 out there.
Now that is a trip I’d love to take. Actually I’d rather do it in January for the Northern Lights.
well that is something they hope to see this trip as well, so it must be a possibility even now. i’ll let you know how it was when she comes in on Monday. 6 hour flight from here, and 5 hour time diff. She leaves there at 5pm on Sunday and arrives here at 6pm on Sunday!
That's better than when I fly to Chicago. Leave at 8:05 arrive at 8:10
Do let me know how she liked the trip. That is one I really want to take and some future November, I might be able to pull it off.
once probably 20+ yrs ago in the old house we forgot to turn the water off and it was an expensive fix to repair the burst pipe and drywall. i was on xshub’s back a few weeks back when they forecast below freezing temps to make sure he’d shut it off.
we had my friend Maia and her hub and 2 little girls over for dinner on Tues evening, along with the law prof who works for xshub. it was great fun. the 5 and 3 year olds got over their shyness enough to eat in the dining room at the KIDS TABLE with xsbaby, xsteen and her fiance, while their parents ate in the kitchen, with xshub and i and the prof. it was a rare treat for them to be able to sit and eat and have adult conversation. xsgirls reported on the conversations and it was hilarious. First off, Mirabelle, the older sis was as big of a BOSS as xsteen was to xsbaby apparently, and Neve, the 3 yo would just say stuff and Mirabelle would correct her and say, Actually, that’s not true! they really identified with the big sis/little sis dynamics. The other funny thing was xsfiance came right from work and so was wearing a suit, and so the girls said you’re a daddy, bc he was wearing daddy clothes! their other concern was when xsboy was going to get home for dinner! all three Senior pix hang in the dining room, so they asked about xsboy and they told the girls that he was “at school”, so they were concerned that it was dark out and when was he going to come home to EAT!
oh and Maia, in the midst of our adult conversation must have had her ear cocked to the diningroom bc she put her hands over her mouth and said OMG i think neve is chanting FART FART FART in there! we roared, and after dinner xsgirls reported that indeed she was, and xsbaby mildly reproved saying, i don’t think that’s appropriate dinner conversation! it was a very fun evening, and it was a school night, which made it all the more out of the ordinary.