Monday, November 28, 2011

Definition

A friendly spousal dispute is underway. In the comments section (and without Web searching), kindly describe any and all definitions for the word "dork." After submitting your answer, you may Google away, but we're first interested in the contents of your brain.

8 comments:

Spelling G. said...

1. Nerdy idiot
2. Penis

Bob with one 'o' said...

Those two are in line with what I thought, and in that order.

Kimberly S-K said...

My position is that there's really only one functional defition of that word in current usage, and it's the first one. I'm aware of the derivation. My only contention is that no one uses that second definition anymore. Bob was loading the question by asking for "any and all definitions". It's like the word "decimate", which actually (originally) means to reduce by one-tenth. But no one understands or uses it that way. Therefore, it doesn't really mean that anymore. If you ever used it that way, I'm certain you would either cause confusion or be misunderstood. Same as using dork to mean penis.

Bob with one 'o' said...

The challenge issued to me was this: "If you start polling people, not one person will mention the 'penis' part of the definition. Not one."

SK Waller said...

I've never heard the work 'dork' associated with the penis. I have, however, known a few dorks who have such a thing.

Kimberly S-K said...

The poll of 100 people was supposed to go like this: "What does 'dork' mean?" Not, "supply any and all definitions you might happen to know for the word 'dork'". My point was that people don't ever use that word to mean "penis", so I don't think it was helpful to provide that definition to our 12 and 9 year old daughters.

Bob with one 'o' said...

Funny story. Two days after the family discussion, Emma found a mention of 'dork' in an annotated Far Side collection, where Gary Larson wanted to use the word and his editor nixed it because it means 'penis.'

"Daddy, look, it's what you were just talking about."

Score one for the penis.

Spelling G. said...

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