January 23, 2016

Ignorance, While Not Bliss, Is Sometimes The Preferable State

Over at Steven's place one of the great syndicated comic strips from the golden age of newspaper comics is referenced, with the result that in the comments section, the word "zorch" is mentioned. Now I remembered remembering "zorch" but didn't actually remember what it meant, thus, I accesed the Urban Dictionary so I could remember what I'd remembered long ago. Alas, I still don't remember what I remembered, but I can't unremember what I now know. 

"Seriously, he's right. Don't look it up."

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 12:18 AM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 I've always assumed it was a synonym for "zap", only a bit more violent. If that's wrong I think I don't want to know it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Jan 23 03:01:14 2016 (+rSRq)

2 OK, that's sure as hell not how Johnny Hart used it. It was usually a sound effect for a lightning bolt.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Jan 23 03:04:26 2016 (+rSRq)

3 In the late 80s I learned a drinking game by the name Zorch that involved sitting in a circle. If play came to you, you said one of 6 words: zorch, zoom  zap, telefaro, bonk, or pfigliano (iirc). Which direction you faced in the circle had to match which word you said, and the result was play continued to the person beside you, skipped over to the next beyond them, reversed to the person on your other side, or reversed back two. If you played wrong you had to drink.  I took your advice and did not look for the current meaning.

Posted by: Steve S at Sat Jan 23 13:01:47 2016 (qUi3/)

4 I maintain that eventually UD will cause every word in English to have a "dirty" meaning and we will go back to a language of grunts and pointing.

Posted by: fillyjonk at Sat Jan 23 13:14:32 2016 (o5UlT)

5 All that comes to mind is some odd (hippie?) phrase "Be zorch, daddio", And I don't even know how young I was when I heard it.  As to the meaning, beats me.

Posted by: Mauser at Sat Jan 23 18:12:49 2016 (5Ktpu)

6 "Daddio" sounds like beatniks, not hippies.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Jan 23 18:38:57 2016 (+rSRq)

7 Apparently it's related to a musician named Jimmy Drake from the early 1950's, also known as Nervous Norvus. I found it around the end of a novelty song called "Ape Call" on youtube.

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Jan 24 01:04:03 2016 (5Ktpu)

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