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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 02:25 pm

Word of the day? Try word of the year!

And, as Dan Riehl discovers, the word of years prior. Glenn Reynolds continues his campaign to bring this long-ignored term into popular use; someone called Bogg is unamused.

UPDATE. “Beclown” is also a perfectly cromulent Scrabble word.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/22/2007 at 04:19 AM
    1. Misoriented – accurately following the wrong azimuth (my wife gets credit for this one)

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 02 22 at 04:39 AM • permalink


    1. FAM TB:

      That one’s a keeper. I’m still waiting for the outbreaks of laughter to fully die down so I can get another drink. I dont want to do an accidental snorkler cause of y’all.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 02 22 at 05:00 AM • permalink


    1. That reminds – add bogroll to the shopping list…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 02 22 at 05:21 AM • permalink


    1. He’s quite boggnacious.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 02 22 at 05:51 AM • permalink


    1. TBogg – what a poor choice of names.

      TBogg on Xmas morning: I think that I got a horse for Xmas, but it must be out in the yard, cos’ all that’s here is this sack of horse shit under the Xmas tree …

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 02 22 at 05:59 AM • permalink


    1. I don’t like clowns. They always make me think of those creepy “crying clown” pictures that older people used to hang on their walls.

      Their eyes follow you when you’re not looking.

      Posted by Penguin on 2007 02 22 at 06:12 AM • permalink


    1. Well
      BeBogg a lula
      He’s a crazy
      BeBogg a lula
      I don’t mean maybe
      BeBogg a lula
      He’s a crazy
      BeBogg a lula
      I don’t mean maybe
      BeBogg a lula
      He’s a crazy Bogg with a crazy Blog a crazy Bogg

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 02 22 at 06:20 AM • permalink


    1. Well I’ll be TBogged. The term ‘Wingnut’, is a derogatory term used here in Australia to describe Asians.
      He says, wait till the word ‘beclowned’ is used to the maximum, by the ‘wingnuts’. (I think that is scribed, I have never understood lefty ravings, in type or spoken) Well, wait and see how TBogg, gets morphed through the English language.
      “Oh doctor, I need a doughnut cushion for my TBoggs”.
      “Alice! the neighbours dog is TBogging on the front yard again”.
      “So he is a TBogger from way back, and I thought he was straight”.
      “Shit, you want to see his mother-in-law, what a TBogger”.
      “I see Al Gore, is talking more TBogg”.
      “Whew, I think that baby needs changing, I think it has TBogged its Diaper”.

      Posted by BJM on 2007 02 22 at 06:45 AM • permalink


    1. And when you go to the snow, you can Tboggan.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 02 22 at 06:59 AM • permalink


    1. TBogg: Arse-Clown

      Who put the Bogg
      In the Romper Stomper Blog?
      Who put the Ham
      In the ram-her-with-yer dingdong?
      Who put the Bogg
      In the bop shoo bop poop-log?
      Who put the shit
      In the dip da dip-shit?
      Who was that Ham?
      I won’t shake his hand
      He came by lately
      Full of crap and WC (yeah!!)

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 02 22 at 07:09 AM • permalink


    1. The word has been submitted to Urban Dictionary for inclusion.


      Verb. To make a complete idiot of oneself in public. To behave or speak in such a way, or to make a comment or express an opinion that is so profoundly witless, senseless and obtuse, that you have forever after defined yourself as a person of comical value only. Never to be taken seriously again. Of worth only as an object of ridicule and derision.
      American academic, Paul Carlos, recently beclowned himself by claiming, in effect, that nations that sought to defend themselves from terrorist attacks by killing those responsible for planning the attacks or building weapons for the attacks, including nuclear weapons, were gulty of murder. Former Reagan staffer Doug Bandow has also beclowned himself by claiming that the Bali terrorist bombing was in response to Australia’s Iraq involvement. Even though the Bali bombing was before the Iraq war.

      tags:  goose, to make of oneself, dickhead, ratbag, complete prat
      Source: geofff, Australia

      I will pass on the decision of the dictionary’s editors when available

      Posted by geoff on 2007 02 22 at 07:31 AM • permalink


    1. I think that “beclown” is a reflexive form of “to Fisk”. One beclowns oneself when one’s argument is so utterly risable that Fisking would be redundant.

      Posted by moptop on 2007 02 22 at 10:11 AM • permalink


    1. Some seriously angry and foul-mouthed folk that Tbogg bunch.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 02 22 at 10:18 AM • permalink


    1. someone called Bogg is unamused.

      I thought that a typo. I could swear it said Bozo.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 02 22 at 10:22 AM • permalink


    1. ……They’re aaaaaaaaalready heeeeeeeere:
      “I also believe your parents were related, and they fed you lead paint chips as a kid. Because you’re a fucking moron.
      curtis interruptus ” – Tbogg blog comments

      Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 02 22 at 10:31 AM • permalink


    1. Ahhhh…

      I’ll bebuggered.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 02 22 at 11:19 AM • permalink


    1. Man, it’s been a long day already and my Tboggs are barkin’!

      Bogg’s miffed because he’s afraid he’ll slip up and beclown himself.  Oops.  Too late.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 02 22 at 11:21 AM • permalink


    1. Ah.  Memories

      “When I’m done with you, Deb, you’re going to be an internet verb.”

      Posted by Apostic on 2007 02 22 at 12:46 PM • permalink


    1. Just a thought……. Bogg isn’t related to Glog is he? Save the Bogg! I think.

      Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 02 22 at 12:55 PM • permalink


    1. Be beclowned, be beclowned, all the world loves beclowns…

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 02 22 at 02:23 PM • permalink


    1. Isn’t it Fisk?
      Isn’t it Loewenstein?
      Losing my timing this late
      In my careen?
      And where are the beclowns?
      Quick, send in the beclowns.
      Don’t bother – Bogg’s already here.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 22 at 03:31 PM • permalink


    1. Mr. Bogg’s site is, um, a bit angry-ish…  IIRC, he got into a slagging match with Jeff Goldstein, and came out much the worse for it.  I guess the lesson didn’t sink in.

      Posted by Major John on 2007 02 22 at 03:46 PM • permalink


    1. Where are beclowns?  Send in beclowns…

      Posted by Vexorg on 2007 02 22 at 04:01 PM • permalink


    1. And it’s spawning—see here

      Posted by rightwingprof on 2007 02 22 at 05:08 PM • permalink


    1. That travelling circus was declowned.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 02 22 at 05:15 PM • permalink


    1. Bebuggered. I’d overlooked the word had already been invented at source.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 02 22 at 05:17 PM • permalink


    1. Actually that’s a pretty good example of a thorough bebuggering. In the rush to be first with the obvious I buggered myself.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 02 22 at 05:20 PM • permalink


    1. #22
      Some of us made some comments in the thread there, rather an unhappy bunch of commenters there orright, prolly caused a peak in the sad guy’s traffic.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 02 22 at 08:02 PM • permalink


    1. Hmmmm.

      1. To think I was here when it was coined.

      Well where the heck “here” actually is.  In this case it’s about 1.2 minutes before I go and make myself a Bloody Mary.

      Posted by memomachine on 2007 02 22 at 08:04 PM • permalink


    1. #27, geoff, I think you actually managed to debugger yourself in the process.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 02 22 at 08:12 PM • permalink


    1. Then again, I may be byslexic.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 02 22 at 08:13 PM • permalink


    1. See what you get when you mix democrats and clowns.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 02 22 at 08:33 PM • permalink


    1. The beclownment is upon us.

      You are so pwned TBogg biatch.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 02 22 at 08:42 PM • permalink


    1. Make that beclpwned.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 02 22 at 08:44 PM • permalink


    1. #22
      Looks like a major about-face by TBogg.
      What’s the background, for the benefit of we Aussies?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 02 22 at 08:59 PM • permalink


    1. BJM “Wingnut” is used elsewhere as an identifier of idiot propeller-head lefties. Propeller-head rightists are simply eccentric

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 02 22 at 09:02 PM • permalink


    1. #15 Poor Curtis, interrupted again. Doesn’t his wife ever let him get something in edgewise?

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 02 22 at 09:05 PM • permalink


    1. If you ngoogle “beclown” you will actually find legitimate sources of early usage of the word. Increduible!

      See translations of Schevchenko’s work

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 02 22 at 09:15 PM • permalink


    1. Of course, to ‘ngoogle is also a verb.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 02 22 at 09:18 PM • permalink


    1. I’ve only ever head wingnut used to describe someone with lugs like Chuck Windsor prior to my introduction to the interwebthingy.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 02 22 at 09:19 PM • permalink


    1. O/T Wow, we got a hockey game going on tonight – Ottawa at Buffalo. Goalies seent off. Lots of anxiety. 3 all.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 02 22 at 09:37 PM • permalink


    1. Windguts – vegans ingesting too many legumes for lunch?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 02 22 at 09:38 PM • permalink


    1. Senators cheated by goal scored from off-side position. I run from basement watching game in English to cook in kitchen with radio game in French. Ah, so Canadian.

      GO SENS GO.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 02 22 at 10:00 PM • permalink


    1. #39, ngoogle.  What is that, Swahili?

      OK, I’m officially on too many painkillers and I’m gonna go now.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 02 22 at 11:45 PM • permalink


    1. OK, I’m officially on too many painkillers

      That must make you a Sens fan, too, RebeccaH. Please, for your own good, check into rehab. (And not into reHab; that’s even worse than being a Sens fan.)

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 23 at 12:14 AM • permalink


    1. AndyC
      What if she were seeking reLeaf?


      Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 02 23 at 01:18 AM • permalink


    1. Easy there, guys.  I think all the obscure hockey references will leave most readers here be-wildered.  Don’t watch the pro game much myself any more.  Season’s 40% too long, everybody makes the playoffs, offensive play is usually mediocre.  Saw a game from behind the net in December, was struck at how much less physically impressive the action was.  Give me juniors, NCAA, or int’l games any time ……

      Posted by IceCold on 2007 02 23 at 03:27 AM • permalink


    1. May I be the first to congratulate our host on his latest officially recognised contribution to the language.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 02 23 at 04:38 AM • permalink


    1. This is troubling.

      Two circus clowns have been shot dead during a performance in Colombia.

      In other words, the circus in Colombia was declowned.  I hope the shooters didn’t mistranslate Tim Blair’s Word of the Week and get the wrong idea…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 02 23 at 05:34 AM • permalink


    1. #49 bebuggered again.

      The art of arriving on the scene twelve hours late riding an unicycle while juggling six multicoloured hoops and then buggering yourself after taking a nasty fall.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 02 23 at 07:30 AM • permalink


    1. #49 Did they use silencers, rebase, or are those only for shooting mimes?

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 23 at 10:04 AM • permalink


    1. I was going to defend the NHL when I realized that I never watch it anymore. I used to go to games quite regularly, and watch them religiously.

      I still enjoy watching the occasional Crosby goal YouTube. Maybe I will head up to Sherbrooke to see the Chiefs play, or have the Hanson brothers retired?

      Posted by moptop on 2007 02 23 at 10:25 AM • permalink


    1. Actually, I haven’t watched any of it this year either, moptop, while loving the Junior worlds, along with IceCold. (And good one, J.M.)

      BTW, the clowns are fighting back:

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 23 at 10:30 AM • permalink


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