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July 07, 2006
Quote of the Day
When I’m done with you, Deb, you’re going to be an internet verb.

Jeff Goldstein, righteously pissed off.*

Robert Fisk became a verb. So let's work on a definition, shall we? Here's my contribution:

frisch: to lose one's job or prospects thereof due to public utterances which cross the thresholds of legality, sanity, or both. "Bob really frisched himself with that letter to the editor."

Hmm. Needs work. Help me out here, folks.

* This all assumes, of course, that he's not being spoofed by a Deb Frisch imitator.

Update, 8Jul06: Jeff's site is undergoing a denial-of-service attack, presumeably by those who sympathize with Deb's toddler-threatening ways. For more info, see Captain's Quarters and/or Blackfive.

Update 2: GMTA.

Posted by Russ at 02:50 AM, July 7, 2006 in Quotes

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Second attempt: "to put one's self in legal or career jeopardy by making ill-considered public statements."

Argghhh. That doesn't quite do it, either.

Posted by: Russ at July 7, 2006 03:12 AM

Hmmm. This is harder than it looks! You would think that with such abudant source material, this would be easy, but distilling a psychotic raving lunatic's child molestation/murder fantasies down to a single verb isn't all its cracked up to be.

Here's my try:

to frisch: 1) (common usage) to begin a conversation from a position of illogical weakness, then when Fisked, to lose control of all mental facilities at a logarhythmic rate until one's job and freedom become an amusing historical anecdote. I totally lost it today, man, in front of my boss. I think I may have frisched myself. I've got to remember to take my court-ordered meds!

2) (scatalogical) to move one's bowels loudly and wetly. I went on a date, and had some bad Taco Bell before hand. When we got to her place, I had to run for the border, so to speak, and ended up frisching in her bathroom. I was so embarassed, that stain will never come out of her showercurtain and carpet. I have this distinct impression there will be no second date.

3) (anatomical related injury) Used to designate injury of certain unmentionable body parts, primarily the region from the suprapubic bone, between the bilateral groins, through to the 'taint. I just bought a new Norelco BodyGroom, like those funny commercials suggested, and got in a hurry. I didn't pull the boys quite taut enough, and I frisched myself, badly. I might need stitches, and I think the Unit is going to be out of commission for a while.

Posted by: attentionseeker at July 7, 2006 04:29 AM

We could just use "debacle" as a verb. To Debacle (v. intransitive). We could also do the same to "debutante." E.g. "Hey, don't go so hard on the Debyoutaunt."

Posted by: Dan Collins at July 7, 2006 11:46 AM

The dictionary is already too big:

Frisch: See "Screw the Pooch."

Posted by: mickeyBM at July 9, 2006 02:56 PM

Actually, Dan Collins made a comment over at PW that I think hits the nail on the head, although it's an adjective, not a verb. Here's my proposed definition:

frischfaced (frish-fāst) adj: the state of being drunk or otherwise intoxicated and making embarrassing comments on weblogs or other Internet sites, regardless of the potential losses of jobs and respect.

At least, I hope she's drunk when she's doing this - it's awfully embarrassing if she's sober. If she's drunk, she can check into rehab and make this behavior go away. If she's sober and she still acts like this...and she teaches decision-making skills? wow, just wow.

Posted by: Alice H at July 30, 2006 07:07 PM