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Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 04:50 pm

Mark Steyn critic Troy Marquis supplies the line of the month:

You come across like someone running around in a circle screaming inarticulably.

(Via Kathy Shaidle)


• Fidens: “And with incoheretude.”

• Jim Treacher: “Idubitabastic!”

• The Mild Colonial Boy: “‘Inarticulably’ is a perfectly cromulent word.”

• AlburyShifton: “Convulentedly platitable!”

Posted by Tim B. on 12/05/2006 at 11:22 PM
    1. Yeah, I’ve noticed that about Steyn.  So totally screamingly inarticulable.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 12 05 at 11:40 PM • permalink


    1. Don’t forget the update:Troy wrote to Kathy to say:

      Dear Kathy Shaidle,

      Please remove my writing from your website.

      Also, if you would be so kind as to tell me how you acquired the email I sent to Mr. Steyn I would appreciate it.

      Thank you,

      Troy Marquis

      Her answer is here.

      Posted by James Fulford on 2006 12 05 at 11:43 PM • permalink


    1. HAW, HAW, HAW!!! I haven’t laughed so hard since the last time Habib posted! As the saying goes, “read the whole thing”. What’s really rich is that Troy – Marquis of Malaprop – laid that egg after delivering himself of the following pretentious twaddle: “In fact, your title has nothing to do with your article and your article reads more like Simulacra and Simulations by Jean Baudrillard (if you do not know who he is you can go on wikipedia).” Ass steps on banana peal; hilarity ensues!

      Posted by paco on 2006 12 05 at 11:43 PM • permalink


    1. #2 James, thanks for that update. Funnier and funnier!

      Posted by paco on 2006 12 05 at 11:45 PM • permalink


    1. More Monkey than Marquis

      Posted by Nic on 2006 12 05 at 11:55 PM • permalink


    1. Well, some people have a way with words, and some people, er, have, uh, not way.*

      (*from a Steve Martin bit, for all the Comic Book Shop Guy attribution cops out there.)

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 12 05 at 11:57 PM • permalink


    1. You do not really merit a proof read before the send…

      Hmmm, I would bet that, You do not really merit a proof read before the send typing…I’m guessing a 151.

      Twerp, bastard. You’re just the kind of little man, whose parents came screaming to my parents home, for beating you senseless…HEY, maybe that’s still your problem…Ummm, did they ever put that eye back in, Sammy?

      I mean Troy…wink, wink….LOL.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 12 06 at 12:07 AM • permalink


    1. He needs a dose of of either the Marquis de Queensberry or Marquis de Sade on his sorry arse.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 12 06 at 12:23 AM • permalink


    1. If you visit the URL attached to the email,, you get a blank page. But if you look at the code for that page you see a (non-working for me) redirect to

      The pdf is… well, you can guess.

      Posted by Roberto on 2006 12 06 at 12:23 AM • permalink


    1. RIP Parody

      Died of a broken heart 6.12.2006

      From his pdf: “Critiquing writing for elements of style, diction, grammar and clarity.”

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 12 06 at 12:32 AM • permalink


    1. Who cares what he says?  You had me at ‘Troy Marquis’.  What is that? A computer-generated pornstar name?

      Posted by cuckoo on 2006 12 06 at 12:33 AM • permalink


    1. Next on Troys website, a critique of the writings of James Lileks.

      Posted by debi L. on 2006 12 06 at 12:35 AM • permalink


    1. #9

      He of the pornoname is creating his site.

      He provides “…high quality English text for: Print/Online ads, Sales letters, Brochures, Annual Reports, Investor relations materials, Newsletters, Websites, Marketing, Online email sales, Marketing, B2C, B2B correspondence, Ghost writing”

      It’s a joke, right?

      Posted by kae on 2006 12 06 at 12:46 AM • permalink


    1. “Hi, I’m Troy Marquis. You might remember me from such malaproptly-titled adult films as “Salving Ryan’s Privates” and “Das Boobs”…

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 12 06 at 12:49 AM • permalink


    1. Troy Marquis: for the providing of the excellent texts and critiques of the making of web site PDF’s document and non-Jewish poof read.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 12 06 at 01:21 AM • permalink


    1. Is that the same ‘Troy Marquis’ who keeps sending me unsolicited emails about ‘wood’ and ‘pleasing the ladies’?

      Posted by cuckoo on 2006 12 06 at 01:22 AM • permalink


    1. And with incoheretude.

      Posted by fidens on 2006 12 06 at 01:27 AM • permalink


    1. O/T – Letter to The West Australian today.

      Please tell my two infant sons why they cannot go to sleep, Mr Carpenter? I will vote you and your Hitler regime out next election. I will not change my clocks until a referendum.

      Trevor Jackson, Maddington.

      Writer has strong views on daylight saving. Writer is less aware of Hitler and voting.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 12 06 at 01:28 AM • permalink


    1. #15

      Well done.  If I may borrow from a most recent cultural hit: “Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”.  Hell, I’m not borrowing, there it is.

      Posted by gregbash on 2006 12 06 at 01:50 AM • permalink


    1. It reads like an entry in Pseud’s Corner.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2006 12 06 at 02:15 AM • permalink


    1. Idubitabastic!

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2006 12 06 at 02:30 AM • permalink


    1. It appears that Troy has gone into a battle of wits armed with a faulty water pistol. Fancy trying that on Steyn of all people….. sensible people wouldn’t take him on without a brain as capable as an Abrams tank. Well, at least they need to be as thick skinned as an Abrams. The strange thing is that Troy seems to be generally agreeing with Steyn but accusing him of sloppy work. The irony is so thick it tastes like the terminals on a battery.

      Posted by Penguin on 2006 12 06 at 03:15 AM • permalink


    1. Wow! I’ve been simulacrably stimulated even without researching the works of Beaudullard – is he a friend of Troy-boy?

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 12 06 at 04:03 AM • permalink


    1. “Inarticulably” is a perfectly cromulent word.

      Posted by The Mild Colonial Boy on 2006 12 06 at 04:30 AM • permalink


    1. Oh Thank You So Very Much!  This is a laugh that will keep on giving.

      What a maroon!

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 12 06 at 05:10 AM • permalink


    1. Convulentedly platitable!

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 12 06 at 05:59 AM • permalink


    1. Dr. Johnson: (places two manuscripts on the table and picks up the top one) Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved language.

      Prince George: Hmm.

      Blackadder: Every single one, sir?

      Dr. Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!

      Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic contrafribularities.

      Dr. Johnson: What?

      Blackadder: `Contrafribularites’, sir? It is a common word down our way…

      Dr. Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)

      Blackadder: Oh, I’m sorry, sir. I’m anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation.

      Posted by murph on 2006 12 06 at 06:53 AM • permalink


    1. Lol, that is funny. A great way to start the day 😀

      Posted by Andrew Ian Dodge on 2006 12 06 at 06:54 AM • permalink


    1. Screaming inarticulably: I cannot express or articulate the manner in which you are screaming. See? Makes perfect sensation, when you thunk about it.

      Posted by wreckage on 2006 12 06 at 07:14 AM • permalink


    1. For anyone that makes music on their computer, I think that line needs to be sampled with a dance beat behind it.  Could be a winner.

      Posted by Melanie on 2006 12 06 at 08:19 AM • permalink


    1. I think you are all being too hard on poor Troy: I don’t think you recognize the usefulness of his last line:

      “PS: Sorry if there are errors in my email. You do not really merit a proof read before the send…”

      I could use that for EVERYTHING!  Anything I write to anyone ever!  It’s not that I am an incompetent maroon, it’s that you are not worthy of my massive proofreading skills!

      From the PDF at his website:

      critic :
      – Critiquing writing for elements of style, diction,grammar and clarity.
      – Ensuring what you want to say is communicated in your text.
      – Reviewing existing documentation and
      proposing corrections

      Ha, ha, ha,  thanks Tim I needed the laugh!

      Posted by Not My Problem on 2006 12 06 at 08:44 AM • permalink


    1. Here’s another excerpt from Troy’s email that has been referred to by others but deserves to be preserved in its entirety in the archives for posterity.  Thus, the wisdom of this man will be of benefit to untold generations yet to come.

      Also, your name implies that you are Jewish. Whether or not you are is irrelevant, but that because your names sounds Jewish, you have no credibility when you speak about Christianity or the Christian world, which, in case you did not get my point, robs you of credibility.

      Posted by kcom on 2006 12 06 at 10:10 AM • permalink


    1. Instantabulously farbarico!

      Posted by SoberHT on 2006 12 06 at 10:39 AM • permalink


    1. Troy’s story is an old one, an oft told tale overheard by a deaf man and repeated by a mute.  Full of misspelled words and faulty grammer, signifying an idiot, nothing more.

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2006 12 06 at 10:49 AM • permalink


    1. kcom at #32 beat me to it.  Apparently Troy has problems with grammar as well as the more Latinate English words.  His name “Marquis” implies he is French, which irrelevently does not matter if he is or not, in which case he has no credibability in critiquing English credibably.


      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 12 06 at 11:07 AM • permalink


    1. Yall leave Troy alone. He was briliamentastic as Bobby in the off-Broadway version of Deliverance

      His squealing was pure virtumonosity and sent shivers down my spine.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 12 06 at 12:20 PM • permalink


    1. Never troy with Mark Steyn.

      Posted by paco on 2006 12 06 at 12:30 PM • permalink


    1. Tis a sadful day, indeedy: not only parody, but satire, sarcasm and sardony, each and all foulishly murthered and renderated extinctish by the inimitatable Marquis of Fooktardia.

      Posted by Harry Bergeron on 2006 12 06 at 01:00 PM • permalink


    1. it must be tough to run round in a circle if you’re inarticulable.  “give me 40 acres and i’ll turn this Iraq around”?

      Posted by dub kitty on 2006 12 06 at 03:32 PM • permalink


    1. No doubt Troy will be interminably dicombobulated

      Posted by rog2 on 2006 12 06 at 04:45 PM • permalink


    1. I see there’s a certain amount of disfladulent procrofulation concerning Mr. Marquis’ reprindunant morcronkulisity.

      But I would offer for your consideration a saying common in the States: “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.”  I’m not sure how it goes into Strine, since only criminals are permitted to possess firearms there, but perhaps this reworking makes more sense:

      “Never bring Troy Marquis to a debate with Mark Steyn.”

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2006 12 06 at 07:12 PM • permalink


    1. [quote]In a battle of wits, some are only half-armed.

      Well, something like that.

      Posted by kae on 2006 12 06 at 07:21 PM • permalink


    1. For those that missed the Jebediah Springfield episode of The Simpsons:

      Edna: Embiggens? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield.

      Ms.Hoover: I don’t know why. It’s a perfectly cromulent word.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 12 06 at 07:25 PM • permalink


    1. Well, frettle my gruntbuggles…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 12 06 at 09:24 PM • permalink


    1. #43 ‘Embiggens’ is a craptacular and fabcrapulous word.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 12 06 at 09:50 PM • permalink


    1. #44, okay, but leave the turlingdromes out of it!

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2006 12 06 at 09:57 PM • permalink


    1. Okay, so Mr. Marquis’ point was unarticulatamlocutionarily put but that’s no reason to make jokes.

      Posted by Christopher Johnson on 2006 12 07 at 03:03 AM • permalink


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