Monday July 30, 2007

Truth that throws some meat to the dogs is no less worth telling for doing so

Indulge me:

Truth that throws some meat to the dogs is no less worth telling for doing so.

That’s what I said here, much to everyone’s amusement. And admittedly, it’s a pretty twisted formulation, constructed under the influence of alcohol (TWI?). Be that as it may, it’s sensical, and I’m sticking by it. And so let me explain:

  1. “Truth” — this is a noun, the subject of the sentence. It means “A true statement . . .”
  2. “ . . . that throws some meat to the dogs” — in other words, making the statement satisfies a group of people that is really not worthy of being satisfied. Not an unheard of colloquial expression.
  3. “ . . . is no less worth telling for doing so.” — making the statement satisfies a group that is not worthy of being satisfied. However, that fact ought not to prevent its being made.

In other words: “Be honest, even if your honesty gives satisfaction to someone you don’t particularly want to give satisfaction to.” I may be convoluted, but I’m not gibberishizing.

Update: This line is to live on in infamy: it’s [slightly mis]quoted here.

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  1. NicFitKid    Mon Jul 30, 09:37 PM #  

    You know how Word has that Flesch-Kincaid readability and grade level statistics feature? Well I just fed CM’s new subtitle to my copy of Word and it came back with a reading ease score of 100, which means it should be easily understandable by the average fifth grader, at least according to Flesch-Kincaid.

    I don’t know why but I find all this highly amusing.

  2. Steve Klotz    Tue Jul 31, 09:04 AM #  

    This pestilential fucktardia exceeds debased linguistic standards below those up with which I can not put.

  3. Alex    Tue Jul 31, 09:49 AM #  

    Mistral? With a pink drop shadow? Ay ay ay…

  4. The Dogs    Tue Jul 31, 10:17 AM #  

    Yo, what’s with this “truth” crap? Just cut to the meat. Woof.

  5. Manuel A. Tellechea    Wed Aug 1, 08:50 AM #  


    This is better:

    Truth that throws some meat to the dogs is nonetheless worth listening to.

  6. alesh    Wed Aug 1, 09:38 AM #  


    Sure. If you like your language watered down.

    Try again amigo.

  7. Manuel A. Tellechea    Wed Aug 1, 12:27 PM #  


    Sometimes you have to water down pap to make it palatable, kámoš.

  8. alesh    Wed Aug 1, 03:50 PM #  

    Pap?! PAP?!?!?!?

    I dare say you don’t know what the word means. You ought to be studying my bold new law and writing screeds to its timeless wisdom, not trying to improve it. Frankly, I’m not sure you’re up to either task.

  9. Manuel A. Tellechea    Wed Aug 1, 08:52 PM #  


    You are right, I am not up to it. I would always be trying to inject sense into your impenetrable musings. Being from the Lebanon of Europe (the cosmopolitan Lebanon of the 1950s), it may be your fate to produce Volume II of the works of The Prophet Kahlil Gibran.

    Stop throwing your pearls at pigs here. Go to a tent in the desert for 30 days, with water sufficient for 10 and no food, and let the immemorial wisdom of the caravan flow from your mind’s blue pitcher.

  10. I Love Myself Because No One Else Does    Wed Aug 1, 11:05 PM #  


  11. Miss Piggy    Fri Aug 3, 10:43 AM #  

    Touch my pearls and die like the frog.

  12. alesh    Fri Aug 3, 11:30 AM #  

    Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadodoo (I think).

    Needless to say I am struck speechless by Manuel A. Tellechea’s above statement, except to say that I may have no choice but to follow his advice, substituting of course the Everglades for desert, of which we ain’t got none here, this being Florida.

    With some reluctance I must admonish you, Manuel A. Tellechea. Say what you will of me, but do not dare again to speak ill of my readers, for a pig you just maketh of yourself.

  13. Manuel Chechechea    Fri Aug 3, 12:07 PM #  

    My apologies, Alesh. Sometimes my galaxy-sized pompousness gets the better of me.

  14. Steve    Fri Aug 3, 04:27 PM #  

    It’s “pomposity,” you short-dicked nimrod, not whatever the hell you wrote.